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School CP - June 2004

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New Vision, Kampala, 14 June 2004

In Brief

Reinstate caning, parents urge

MBARARA -- Parents in Mbarara district have asked the ministry of Education to reinstate canning [sic] punishment in primary school saying the abolition of it has caused more harm than good.

"Soft punishments at school have made children kings and untouchables, the ministry of education should reverse its decision of non-canning at school," parents who were attending a UPE rally at Nyakayojo Primary School recently demanded. Over 500 pupils also attended the rally. Parents urged that beating strengthens a child's discipline and creates obedient [sic] in him.

The ministry of education five years ago abolished the cannoning [sic] as a punishment in schools saying it was not necessary and was making pupils drop out from schools.

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