- Glenvale Christian School, Toowoomba, Queensland
In the application for enrolment at this K-6 school, parents must sign that they authorise staff to act in loco parentis and this "shall specifically include the use of corporal punishment".
- Bahamas Academy, Nassau
See page 27. CP (details not specified) may be used as a last resort at this school run by Seventh-day Adventists, but "certain disruptive behaviour may warrant corporal punishment as an immediate measure". Its use must be authorised by the Principal.
- Mary E. Albury High School, Abaco
Caning may be administered here for "major infractions" and "serious infractions".
- These Bahamas schools are known to use corporal punishment, but did not appear to say so on line when last checked, or are not on line at all:
Grand Bahama Academy, Freeport -- see this March 2007 news item
Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic School -- see this March 2007 news item
St Paul's College, Freeport -- see this March 2007 news item
L.W. Young Junior High School -- see this June 2008 news item
- Student Code of Discipline
Document produced in 2004 by the Ministry of Education for all schools. It quotes Education Regulation 18(j), which "makes provision for principals to administer corporal punishment when necessary". The document lays down three levels of offences from level 1 (tardiness, disrespect, horseplay, littering, dress code) to level 3 (assault, vandalism, forgery, arson). CP is one of the disciplinary options at all three levels.
- Combermere School, Bridgetown (New URL)
"Corporal punishment is administered infrequently by the Principal, Deputy Principal, and Year Heads."
- These Barbados schools are known to use corporal punishment, but do not appear to say so on line, or are not on line at all:
Alexandra School, St Peter -- see this July 2008 news item
Garrison Secondary School -- see this July 2008 news item
Harrison College, St Michael -- see this Dec 2009 news item
St Leonard's Boys' School, St Michael -- see this Oct 2009 illustrated news item
St Lucy Secondary School -- see this July 2008 news item
St Michael School -- see this July 2008 news item
- These Botswana schools are known to use corporal punishment, but do not appear to say so on line, or are not on line at all:
Masunga Senior Secondary School -- see this May 2004 news item
- Akosombo International School New!
At this co-educational boarding school run by the Volta River Authority, with two satellite schools at Akuse and Aboadze,"Persistent nuisance will be punished with caning not exceeding six strokes". Nuisance is defined as making unnecessary noise.
- Calvary Hillcrest Schools, Cape Coast
Caning may be administered for lateness, lying, fighting, bullying, quarrelling/teasing, flouting authority, assault, failure to do homework, and profanity.
- Christ Goodness Education Centre, Kumasi New!
Exactly the same wording as at Calvary Hillcrest (see above).
- Mary Mother of Good Counsel School, Accra (New URL)
"Discipline measures such as detention, doing manual work and corporal punishment, suspension or expulsion may become necessary for certain offences."
- Mfantsipim School, Cape Coast (New URL)
At this 2500-strong Methodist school for boys aged 14 to 18, "Six strokes of the cane" is the penalty for a first offence of cutting classes for 28 consecutive days, and for flouting the authority of the staff. For making phone calls during school hours, the consequence is four strokes of the cane. "Indiscriminate urinating around school campus" also attracts a caning (no number of strokes stipulated).
- New Juaben Senior High School, Koforidua
At this co-ed boarding school, students who flout the authority of the staff may be caned.
- Preset Pacesetters Senior High School, Madina, Greater Accra (New URL)
The detailed list of offences and punishments at this mixed-sex private school has changed somewhat in the latest version. Some penalties are more severe than previously: "refusal to do or complete teacher's punishment", formerly punished with "caning in the Headmaster's office plus doing the given punishment", now brings "caning at assembly in front of the whole school plus doing the given punishment". Students who dress improperly are now required to carry out "sweeping the class room for one week plus caning", whereas "banging of chairs/tables in the classroom", previously punished with "scrubbing the toilet for one week plus caning" is now met with "payment of the cost per chair or table". A caning is also part of the consequences for "exchange of words or verbal attack on members of staff", "refusal to put on the required school belt", and "altering figures on school fee cards and receipts".
- West Africa Senior High School, Adenta, Greater Accra
At this big school for boys and girls aged 14 to 18, CP is prescribed for several offences. Any student who steals "shall be caned and, where, necessary, have his/her name disclosed to the student body". Students who are repeatedly late "may be caned, if need be". "Manual work or caning" is the penalty for taking unofficial short cuts to or from the school premises.
- Winneba Senior High School New!
Here, "Caning before the entire student body" is the punishment for a first offence of gambling or of disrespect to teachers or prefects. For forgery, it is caning plus two weeks' suspension. Refusal to complete a teacher's punishment brings "Caning in the Headmaster's office plus internal suspension with hard labour".
- These Ghanaian schools are known to have used corporal punishment, but do not appear to say so on line, or are not on line at all:
Faith Montessori School, Accra -- see this Nov 2007 news item
Mpraeso Secondary School, Mpraeso -- see this Feb 2006 news item
Prempeh College, Kumasi -- see these external links
Sunyani Secondary School, Brong Ahafo -- see this July 2005 news item
- Boca Secondary School, St George's
CP here is called "flogging". It is "applicable to all form levels" and must be administered in the principal's office. Flogging is particularly mentioned for fighting, obscenity, gambling, smoking, alcohol, not giving maximum respect to teachers, and being in school but absent from class. In forms 1 to 3 it is also the consequence for not serving detention.
- For the official CP regulations for all schools, see this April 2004 news item.
- These Jamaican schools are known to use corporal punishment, but do not appear to say so on line, or are not on line at all:
Charlie Smith High School, St Andrew -- see this March 2006 news item
Kingston College -- see this October 2005 news item
- Almasi School, Nairobi
"Biblical Correction" here involves the use of a simple, flat paddle, max. five firm strokes. Both parents must sign that they support this.
- Testimony School, Eldoret
Not a handbook, but a blog by one of the leaders of this Christian school. He says the cane is still in place in the Headmaster's office. "It is not used very frequently, but it is known to be there, on hand, when needed. It assists in keeping discipline even when it is at rest."
Note: "SMK" means a state secondary school.
- IBL World School, Kulai, Johore New!
This English-medium private school includes elementary (age 7-12) and secondary (age 13-16) levels. "Depending on the severity of the offence, male students will be given up to three strokes of the cane on the buttocks. Female students will not be caned but the school reserves the right to determine on [sic] the appropriate course of action."
- Methodist Boys' Secondary School, Kuala Lumpur
Students who smoke here receive 10 demerit points and are also caned one, two or three strokes on a rising scale each time the offence is repeated. The penalty for chewing gum is a 10-ringgit fine plus caning. Corporal punishment may also be imposed for theft, gambling, assault, weapons, fighting, bullying, truancy, vandalism, disrespect, cheating, and obscenity, and for being late three times.
- SKCJ Changkat Jering, Perak [DOC]
This says, in Malay, that students will be caned if they are late five times without a good excuse. For smoking, the penalty is one stroke of the cane at the first offence, two strokes at the second, and three at the third. Caning may also be administered for stealing, blackmail, gambling, fighting, vandalism, pornography, obscenity, rubbing or hugging or interfering with female students, defiance, skipping assembly, cheating in exams, lying, and truancy.
- SMKA Durian Guling, Marang, Terengganu New!
Only teachers authorised by the Principal are allowed to cane students. Female students may not be caned. The penalty for skipping class ("Ponteng Kelas") for a third time is one stroke of the cane, with two strokes on subsequent occasions. Curiously, there seems to be no mention of smoking.
- SMK Agama Bandar Penawar, Kota Tinggi, Johore
Punishments ("Hukuman") here include caning of up to two strokes ("Rotan tidak lebih 2 kali") for certain offences, and caning of 3 to 7 strokes ("Rotan 3-7 kali") for more serious ones, which is a bit odd, since the legal maximum in Malaysia is supposed to be three strokes.
- SMK Agama Sibu, Sibu, Sarawak
Here, students caught smoking ("rokok") are caned. The first offence brings one stroke, the second two strokes, and the third three strokes ("Kali Pertama (1 Rotan), Kali Kedua (2 Rotan), Kali Ketiga (3 Rotan)"). On the fourth time, the student is suspended. This, the page adds, is in accordance with a government circular -- no doubt the edict referred to in this May 1997 news item.
- SMK Bandar Baru, Sungai Buloh, Selangor
This merely states (in Malay), at article 17, that caning ("dirotan") is a possible disciplinary action.
- SMK Bukit Garam, Kinabatangan, Sabah New!
This school's Discipline Unit warns that, with effect from 1 April 2015, students who fail to turn up for school three times in a row will be caned on the buttocks. There is the same escalating 1-2-3 caning tariff for smoking as at other schools, pursuant to the 1997 Ministry of Education guidelines. For bullying, the punishment is three strokes of the cane on the buttocks.
- SMK Dato' Bentara Luar, Batu Pahat, Johore New!
This document entitled "Peraturan Sekolah" (School rules) says on p.5 "Hukuman rotan adalah sangat berguna dan berkesan apabila dilakukan sebaik-baik sahaja sesuatu salah laku itu dilakukan oleh pelajar" (Caning is a very useful and effective punishment when carried out swiftly following the student's misconduct). On page 35 is set out a "tariff" of caning penalties for smoking: one stroke on the first occasion, two on the second, and three on the third. For a fourth offence, the student is suspended. CP on a similar rising scale applies to some other offences, together with warnings, confiscation of forbidden items, and the payment of fines.
- SMK Seksyen 19, Shah Alam, Selangor New!
This secondaray school in a satellite town of Kuala Lumpur mentions caning only in respect of being late for school five times.
- SMK Sungai Tapang, Kuching, Sarawak [DOC]
Caning ("hukuman rotan") is listed here as a possible consequence for no less than 37 different offences, from smoking to truancy.
- Sri Kuala Lumpur (Primary & Secondary) School
This private school reserves the right to take whatever disciplinary action it deems appropriate, which may include caning. The school's FAQs page adds that discipline is "very strong" and clarifies that corporal punishment is for boys only and is used with parental consent.
- SRS Datuk Simon Fung, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Click on "Misc: Some definitions". At this private school, caning is carried out strictly in private in the office: no canes are allowed in the classroom. A witness must be present.
- St Joseph's Private School, Kuching, Sarawak
At this newish (2012) Roman Catholic primary and secondary school, "Corporal punishment e.g. caning" is one of the measures that may be imposed by the Headmaster or his assistant.
- These Malaysian schools are also known to use corporal punishment, but do not appear to say so on line, or are not on line at all:
Penang Free School, George Town, Pinang -- see this 2014 video clip
St John's Institution, Kuala Lumpur -- see these external links
SMK Siburan, Kuching, Sarawak -- see this Feb 2010 news item
- Danbo International College, Barnawa, Kaduna State
At this mixed-sex secondary school, "Students may face corporal punishment".
- Government Secondary School, Jabi, Abuja New!
"Corporal punishment is to be administered only by the Principal."
- Homat Private Schools, Ikorodu
Public caning may be administered for disturbing the peace, fighting, insubordination, and refusing to queue to board the school bus.
- Royal College Masaka, Nasarawa State [DOC] New!
At this Christian boarding school for boys and girls up to age 18, caning takes place at assembly the morning after the offence. The punishment for stealing and for failing to do assignments is five strokes. For having phones, laptops or perfume, and for "examination malpractice" or "noise making after lights out", it is six strokes. "Sneaking out of the school without an exeat" brings three strokes.
- Roshallom International Schools, Egbeda, Lagos New!
At the secondary school, for boys and girls up to age 18, "Public caning especially during school assembly" is the first-mentioned in a list of disciplinary measures. There is also a primary school, where CP does not appear to be a feature.
- St Luke's College, Jos New!
"Strokes of cane" is the first-mentioned punishment for a wide range of offences at this Anglican secondary boarding school.
- These Nigerian schools are known to use corporal punishment, but do not appear to say so on line, or are not on line at all:
Ojora Memorial Senior Secondary School, Tolu, Lagos -- see this Feb 2011 news item
Olowu Nursery, Primary and Secondary School, Surulere, Lagos -- see this Feb 2011 news item
Yaba Model College, Surulere, Lagos -- see this Feb 2011 news item
NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS
- Eucon International School, Saipan
At this Christian fundamentalist K-12 school, there is a demerit system: one demerit for homework not done, five demerits for insolence or dress code violations, and so on. "Upon receiving twenty demerits, the student is required to report to the administrator's office for a spanking. At any time a teacher deems it necessary, the student can be sent to the office for a spanking regardless of the number of demerits, but upon twenty, he will definitely be sent." It is no longer specified, as it was in previous versions, that "a reasonable number of firm strokes will be administered with a simple flat paddle", and there is no longer any mention of parents having to sign a form beforehand.
- Grace Christian Academy, Saipan (New URL)
Here, students receive "corporal discipline" from the respective Guidance Officer or the Principal. There is a maximum of three swats with a wooden paddle. Parents are notified the same day if possible. "The corporal discipline measure is recorded", presumably meaning on paper and not on video. "This type of consequence is to help produce a positive in-class behavior."
- Akram Khan Durrani College, Bannu, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
There is "no compromise on discipline" at this boarding school for boys up to age 17. For minor offences, "Caning will be administered by the Vice Principal with Principal's permission."
- Cadet College Wana, South Waziristan
At this military-style residential government school (founded 2011) for boys aged 12 to 18, routine minor physical punishments are things like "30 front rolls on grassy lawn" or "20 push ups". More serious crimes are dealt with by "extra drills". The document says that "beating shall not be used". However, the Senior Housemaster, Deputy Vice Principal or Adjutant "may conduct caning in incorrigible cases as an exception".
- Cadet College Razmak, Nowshera
Cadets may be expelled for serious offences such as stealing, cheating, fighting and insolence. For lesser crimes, "Caning is administered by the Adjutant with the Principal's permission". (The reference to caning is printed in bold italics in this latest version.)
- Good News Academy, Baguio City
"A reasonable number of strokes, not to exceed six (6) will be ministered [sic] by the parents or a Staff member (when parents are not available or as advised) of the same sex as your child, using a simple flat paddle."
- School of Tomorrow, Paranaque City New!
A group of Christian schools. Parents are required to sign a "Corporal Correction Release".
- Seed of Wisdom Learning Center, Bacoor
"Offenses like cheating, lying, stealing, disrespect for supervisors and monitors, vandalism, cursing, name calling, bullying, etc. are subject to corporal correction, suspension, or dismissal." In particular, for a third such offense, students aged 9 or less receive CP while those aged 10 or over are suspended. "Paddling" is also listed as the only penalty for a variety of other infractions, apparently irrespective of the age of the student.
- Babonneau Secondary School, Castries New!
"Caning" is one of several kinds of punishment listed here, but no details are given.
- These St Lucia schools are known to use corporal punishment, but did not appear to say so on line when last checked, or are not on line at all:
RC Boys School, Castries -- see this Sep 2009 news item
Note: School corporal punishment in Singapore is restricted by law to caning, for male students only, with a maximum of six strokes. For more information see this illustrated article.
- Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary School
Caning (for boys), combined with detention, is a penalty here for first-time offenders in category 1 (truancy, vandalism, theft, gangsterism, gambling), and for recalcitrant offenders in category 2 (chewing gum, incorrect attire, unpunctuality, disruptive behaviour), but not category 3 (lesser offences). The equivalent for girls is extended detention.
See also Annex A of this Jan 2016 document stating that "caning and suspension will be meted out" to students who cheat during exams.
- Ang Mo Kio Secondary School
For all major offences, such as smoking or fighting, boys are caned (one stroke) in class on the first occasion. If it happens again, he gets up to three strokes in front of his class. This is a change from earlier versions, where the second or subsequent caning took place in front of the whole school. Girls get detention instead of CP (for 3 or 5 days, respectively). The offender will also receive counselling. The school's decision on punishments is final. For lesser offences there is a merit/demerit points system.
- Anglican High School
This school has a demerit points system. Caning is administered when five or more demerit points have been accumulated. "For the very serious offences, parents will be informed immediately unless there is corporal punishment involved where parents/guardians will be subsequently informed of the action."
Anglo-Chinese School (Barker Road) [DOC]
This all-boys secondary school, whose main front page is here, is part of the same "family" as ACSI (see next item) but unlike its sister school it is within the state sector. The document linked above is a list of crimes and punishments. Caning is listed as a possibility for all except the most trivial category of offences.
See also this May 2009 news item about the public caning of three senior boys at this school for bullying.
- Anglo-Chinese School (Independent)
Hit "16. Discipline Cases (Demerit Points)" in the left-hand column for a new (2016) list of rules at this huge (2,800 students), highly academic, award-winning, private Methodist secondary school. No fewer than 19 out of 24 "serious offences" are listed as "caning offences for male students". ACSI is a long-standing exponent of the cane: its former principal told the press "we have corporal punishment for some serious offences" and if parents do not approve of this, "then they should not have put their child in this school" -- see this July 2001 news item.
ACSI (in yellow) vs. St Andrews (in dark blue). Two traditional boys' schools that play rugby and use the cane.
The IBDP briefing (2006) was aimed at the parents of prospective students (including girls in this thitherto all-male institution), for a then-new special stream to take the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) in years 5 and 6. Year 5 in Singapore is normally the year in which a student turns 17. This is equivalent to "A" levels, and all these students are, in British terms, sixth-formers, or in American terms grades 11 and 12.
Go to pages 46 to 48 for the "academic honesty policy" concerning cheating, plagiarism, collusion, fabricating data, and the like, on the part of these 16-to-18-year-olds. At page 49 the penalties for contravening this policy are listed, including, in very serious cases or when other disciplinary means have been exhausted, "caning (only for male students)". This "will be conducted in the principal's office, classroom or during school assembly". Furthermore, "all students who have been caned will be required to attend counselling sessions arranged by the school."
No doubt the reason the school was emphasising the point is that this briefing document was for parents of potential new students coming into ACSI at the year 5 level from outside, who, unlike the parents of existing ACSI students, might not be expected to be familiar with the school's strong caning tradition.
- Anglo-Chinese School (Junior)
Another in the ACS family of schools, this one for younger boys. Disciplinary action for serious offences includes caning.
- Bedok South Secondary School
Male students who break the rules may be caned. Female students who break the rules may be required to carry out Corrective Work Orders in lieu of caning.
- Bedok View Secondary School
Caning "is to be administered on male students for serious offences". Parents are informed afterwards. "External suspension replaces caning for female students."
- Bukit Batok Secondary School (New URL)
Here, boys are "liable for caning" for the usual list of serious offences including vandalism, fighting, bullying, gambling, gangsterism, smoking, cheating, defiance, skipping lessons, and truancy; and for a fourth latecoming onwards. Girls who commit these infractions are liable for suspension.
History: See this Aug 2002 news item about how Bukit Batok had been at a low ebb but was turned around by a new principal "enforcing caning more vigorously", with a dramatic improvement in the school's results.
- Canberra Secondary School
Here, for tobacco, defiance, vandalism, dishonesty, and other serious offences, boys receive a caning while girls must serve in-house suspension. The same applies if the student accumulates 18 demerit points. "The number of strokes of caning and number of days of in house suspension will be commensurate with the seriousness of the offence and will be decided by the School."
- Christ Church Secondary School
At this Anglican school, "Depending on the severity of the offence, male students will be given up to three strokes of the cane on the buttocks".
- Chung Cheng High School
This school states that boys are liable to be caned if they commit any of a long list of "major offences".
- Damai Secondary School
This school no longer specifies numbers of strokes for different offences. It now simply states that, for level 3 offences such as smoking or fighting, and also for repeated commission of lesser offences, students are liable to be caned. Caning is no longer specifically mentioned for boys who are late to school for the fifth time in a year.
- Deyi Secondary School
"Severe" punishments here are caning, suspension and expulsion, to be applied for "gross misconduct" such as vandalism, smoking, insolence, truancy and stealing.
- Dunearn Secondary School
Caning is a response to serious offences such as defiance, truancy, skipping lessons, bullying, smoking, cheating, fighting and vandalism. Parents are informed after the punishment has been carried out.
- East Spring Secondary School
Male students caught smoking, or possessing cigarettes, tobacco or lighters, "are liable to be caned in school". Female smokers are suspended in lieu of caning.
- Fairfield Methodist Secondary School
Boys who commit a fourth minor offence in a row receive 3 demerit points and one stroke of the cane; girls get five days of "isolation after school" instead of the caning. Further demerit points accumulate for further offences, with another caning (two strokes this time), or ten days of isolation for girls, at the 8th offence. At the 9th offence, both sexes get one week's ISS and the pupil must sign a behaviour contract.
As at several other Singapore schools, a student's first caning (per term, presumably) takes place in the office, his second in front of his class, and his third in front of the school at morning assembly. So much for the accumulation of minor offences. For more serious offences there is a detailed list of consequences. Thus, a boy will receive 5 demerit points plus one stroke of the cane for cheating in tests or truancy. For vandalism, bullying, gambling or smoking, the penalty is 10 demerit points plus three strokes of the cane.
According to the "School Rules" document, "Caning usually takes place in the Vice-Principal's Office".
- Fernvale Primary School New!
For a sixth offence of rudeness, theft, bullying or fighting, "the student will be given one stroke of the cane".
- Fuchun Primary School
"Depending on the severity of the offence, caning will be carried out by the Principal or Vice-Principal, in the office, classroom or during the assembly in the hall".
- Fuhua Secondary School
Caning here is specified for smoking, defiance, theft, forgery, fighting, etc.
- Greenview Secondary School
Here, "Caning (public or private)" is a punishment for skipping detention, truancy, defiance, possession of banned items, smoking, gambling, theft, fighting and gangsterism.
- Henry Park Primary School
"Caning will be administered if necessary to recalcitrant cases by the Principal."
- Hillgrove Secondary School (New URL)
At this mixed neighbourhood school, caning, suspension or expulsion are the penalties for major offences or repeated minor ones.
- Holy Innocents High School
"Caning (applies to boys only)" is one of the consequences for serious offences at this Roman Catholic secondary school.
- Hua Yi Secondary School
Here, caning is one of the consequences for serious offences such as gambling, theft, defiance, fighting and vandalism. Unusually it is not mentioned as a penalty for smoking, which probably accounts for at least one-third of all Singapore secondary school canings, but for which the only punishment stipulated here is suspension.
- Hwa Chong Institution
This school was formed by the merger of the former (boys-only) Chinese High School with the Hwa Chong Junior College, and is thus now an all-through institution combining the secondary and pre-university levels.
Caning may be administered only by the principal or the Discipline Master. The possession or use of cigarettes "may result in immediate suspension or caning or both". "Uncivilized behaviour" (abuse, defiance, obscenity), "integrity-related offences" (cheating, stealing, lying) and "criminal offences" (arson, vandalism, fighting, weapons, pornography) are all liable to be punished with "not more than 5 strokes of the cane" -- a surprising number to specify, given that the legal maximum is 6 strokes anyway.
The Wuxi Winter Campus was a four-week overseas trip for some of HCI's upper secondary students to Wuxi and Shanghai in China at the end of 2015. The PowerPoint presentation gives the rules and regulations for the tour, warning participants that they can still receive up to five strokes of the cane for serious misbehaviour even when they are in another country: see slides 17 and 18. Slide 20 adds that "caning, if necessary, will be meted out by Disciplinary Committee teachers".
- Juying Secondary School
Male pupils may be caned for "major offences" such as smoking, bullying, theft and defiance.
- Manjusri Secondary School
"Corporal punishment (for boys only)" is one of the consequences of "Category B (major)" offences here, including vandalism, dishonesty, tobacco/alcohol, and misuse of social media.
- Montfort Secondary School
At this Catholic boys' school, students may be caned for serious offences.
- Nan Chiau High School
Caning (no details provided) is available at this school for Level 2 offences (including being more than 10 minutes late, defiance, disruptive behaviour) and Level 3 offences (truancy, forgery, vandalism, smoking) but not for Level 1 (consumption of food outside canteen, improper attire). Pupils may also be caned for accumulating 21 demerit points.
- Naval Base Secondary School
On the sixth tardy per semester, boys are caned while girls get in-house suspension. Though not mentioned here, other offences such as truancy and smoking are also punished with the cane at this school, according to informed sources.
- Northland Secondary School
Caning is listed here as a penalty for a list of eight serious offences.
- Park View Primary School
Caning is one of the consequences for bullying at this school.
- Pasir Ris Secondary School
At this neighbourhood mixed-sex school, truancy, smoking, gambling, fighting and vandalism are among the offences which "may result in caning".
History: See this Jan 2006 news item about a public caning at the school.
- Peicai Secondary School
More details here now than previously: male students "will face corporal punishment" if they defy teachers, steal, fight, smoke or bully, or have tattoos, among other things.
- Pei Tong Primary School
For "very serious offences", boys receive two strokes of the cane on the palm in the Principal's Office on the first occasion. The second time, it is the same but in the classroom. On the third offence, the penalty is "2 strokes of cane on the buttocks in the school hall during assembly". All these are in addition to (not instead of) suspension.
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- Presbyterian High School
This has the reputation of being a very strict school, in whose hall was filmed the public caning scene in the 2006 fictional film "I not stupid too". The modus operandi shown was closely based on real-life practice at PHS at the time, according to local sources, though the boy's reaction to his three strokes is clearly exaggerated for dramatic effect.
The school's punishment details are not on line; these images are from the printed handbook. Caning for boys is listed as the penalty for a first offence of smoking; for the second or third such offence, it is caning PLUS 3 days' internal suspension. Caning may also be applied for playing with fire, truancy, and "setting up web page using the school name", among other things.
- Queensway Secondary School
At this school, "depending on the gravity of the offence, the Principal may decide to cane the errant student in class or in the hall".
- Riverside Secondary School
Here, boys may be caned for any of the traditional serious offences from the first time onwards. For truancy and skipping lessons, the cane comes out at the third offence, and for latecoming on the sixth occasion (per term, presumably). Girls get "two days of corrective work order" in lieu of caning, which sounds at least as bad, and certainly a great deal more time-consuming.
- San Yu Adventist School
Caning may be applied in serious cases at this private primary-plus-secondary school.
- Sembawang Secondary School
Caning or suspension is the consequence here for a first or subsequent offence of, among other things, defiance, truancy, forgery, theft, bullying, fighting and pornography. It also comes into play for a second offence of disruption, taking unauthorised photos or videos, and cheating, among other things. For a first offence of smoking or possession of tobacco products, boys receive 2 strokes of the cane while girls get two days' suspension. These numbers increase to "more than two" on a second or subsequent occasion. Caning may also be administered for a minor offence committed 3 times or more.
- St Andrew's Secondary School
This 150-year-old Anglican all-boys establishment is highly regarded for its sporting trophies as well as its academic results. With its passion for rugby and cricket, and more than a hint of what used to be called "muscular Christianity", it probably comes as close as any to the authentic ethos of a traditional British boys' school, encapsulated in its splendid School Song:
St Andrew's Secondary (in blue) vs. Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) (in yellow), two traditional rugby-playing boys' schools where the cane is used when necessary.
[...] Foes in plenty we shall meet,
St Andrew's is the only school in Singapore that says it deploys caning on the hand for lesser offences - unknown at most secondary schools -- as well as the more familiar practice of a hard caning across the boy's buttocks for more serious ones, or for repeated minor ones. According to informed sources, the first kind is fairly lightly administered, often on the spot, whereas the second kind is a more formal ceremony that leaves weals under the shorts or trousers (as a proper rattan caning always does).
Hearts courageous scorn defeat;
So we press with eager feet,
Up and On!
Ever onward to the fight,
Ever upward to the Light,
Ever true to GOD and RIGHT,
Up and On!
Up Boys! truest fame
Lies in high endeavour;
Play the game! keep the flame
Burning brightly ever!
However, this latest (2017) version of the Code of Conduct no longer mentions caning on the hand except in the single case of lateness, a third occasion of which brings "caning on hand or buttock". Otherwise, the document continues to list 30 offences for which a caning may be administered.
In the case of drug abuse, outrage of modesty, and theft, this discipline is carried out in front of the school. For bullying and fighting, the caning is delivered in class for a first offence and in public for subsequent offences. A public caning is automatic in a case where the police are involved.
See also news items from Oct 2003 and June 2009 about canings for bullying at the school, and this Jan 2008 news item about two St Andrews 14-year-olds publicly caned for trying to take a photograph up their lady teacher's skirt; and see this May 2011 report on a private caning administered to two boys for getting into a public dispute on Facebook.
- St Anthony's Primary School
Here, "Corporal punishment (e.g. caning) may be meted out to a repeat offender or in a situation where there is intent to cause hurt".
- St Gabriel's Secondary School
This Roman Catholic boys' school previously said that students who arrive late six times are caned; this latest version no longer puts a figure on it, and merely mentions "habitual late-coming" as one of a long list of offences that "will warrant corporal punishment".
See also this entry in the diary site of one of its co-curricular activities, the police cadet corps, which mentions that students who absent themselves from training will be caned.
See also these exam briefing notes, stating (page 13) that cheating of any kind in exams will incur a zero mark plus a caning.
A few years ago, boys at the school made two light-hearted video clips to demonstrate the modus operandi for caning at "St Gabs", this one for lower secondary and this one for upper secondary, from which comes the still picture at right, showing the "hands on seat of chair, feet wide apart" stance that the student being disciplined is required to adopt.
- St Hilda's Secondary School
Here, "Caning/In-school suspension" (the latter presumably for girls) is a penalty for truancy, repeated poor classroom conduct, misuse of technology, and a seventh or subsequent latecoming. For the usual list of serious offences (smoking, bullying, fighting, vandalism and so on), boys "may be" caned at the first offence and "will be" caned at the second offence.
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- St Patrick's School
Students at this all-boys Roman Catholic secondary school, which has about 1,500 students aged from 12 to 18, are called Patricians. St Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland, and the school's logo is the Irish shamrock. The rules state that "Patricians found in possession of cigarettes and/or lighters/matches will be caned". There is anecdotal evidence that many other offences are also frequently punished with the cane, which is a long-standing tradition at "St Pat's" -- see this external link.
CP is meted out privately by one of the Discipline Masters or, occasionally, the Vice-Principal, with the student bending across a desk, according to informed sources. The strokes are applied across the seat of the thin white uniform trousers. Also, a typical morning sees latecomers invited to the office for immediate discipline (one stroke). Public caning and class caning are said to be much less common, but not unknown in more serious cases.
The previous Principal here, Mr Lak, who retired at the end of 2011, was known for administering the cane himself. This photo (right) shows a poster put up on the front of the school by some senior students (class 5N2, age c.17) to commemorate his departure, reading "Thanks Mr Lak for the strokes".
- Teck Whye Secondary School
Boys get one stroke of the cane for a 7th classroom offence (previously tenth) and for a fourth arrival at class more than 5 minutes after the bell. The previous demerit points system seems to have been abolished, but caning (one stroke) is still the punishment for boys who commit forgery, dishonesty, "silent defiance", skipping lessons and truancy. For vandalism, "open defiance", bullying, smoking, drugs, assault, gangsterism and other major offences, the penalty is three strokes of the cane. Girls must undergo an equivalent number of days' suspension.
- Temasek Primary School
"The school will administer caning to the boys should they commit serious and repeated offences." Girls get unspecified "appropriate disciplinary action".
- Victoria School
At this prestigious boys' secondary school, caning is no longer specified for a first instance of playing truant, smoking, theft, shoplifting, and other serious offences. The document now states that "corporal punishment" is applied for a second or subsequent "major offence". It appears that caning is now regarded as more serious than suspension.
According to anecdotal evidence, students are made to change into PE kit (illustrated at right) for caning, and a broad leather strap is placed round the waist to protect the kidneys from a mis-stroke. However, informed sources suggest that caning is a good deal less frequent at Victoria than at some other Singapore boys' schools. As a matter of fact, the school abolished the cane altogether for a period as long ago as the 1960s, but the results were not satisfactory and the penalty was restored.
- West Spring Secondary School
Several years ago this school advertised itself as having a no-cane policy, but that has been decisively reversed and, according to local anecdote, it is now very much a caning school. The link above is to a Feb 2017 presentation for new students and their parents, which mentions that the punishment for a fourth absence from co-curricular activities is "caning for gentlemen, suspension for ladies".
See also the "Discipline framework" chart, which includes "cane" as well as "carrot". The carrot is metaphorical but the cane is not.
- Woodgrove Secondary School
This gives a long list of serious offences to which "public caning" may be a response. There is no mention of private (office) caning.
- Xinmin Secondary School
Caning is one of the consequences for Category C (the most serious) offences, such as smoking, truancy, vandalism, getting tattoos, and refusing to sing the National Anthem. In addition, there is a demerit points system, and "Boys who accumulate 20 or more demerit points may be caned".
- Yuhua Secondary School
This school "aims to correct undesirable student behaviours through collaborative and restorative practices". However, "Recalcitrant offenders will be subjected to suspension, caning or even expulsion".
- Yu Neng Primary School New!
"The school will administer corporal punishment when pupils are found to have committed serious offences like stealing, smoking, fighting, cheating in examination, truancy, open defiance and rudeness. Corporal punishment will be carried out by the Principal or a school personnel appointed by the Principal.
Corporal punishment will be in the form of caning which may be carried out in the Principal's office, the classroom or in the hall during Assembly."
- Yusof Ishak Secondary School
Here, caning (for boys) is a punishment for truancy, going home early without permission, repeated latecoming, weapons, pornography, alcohol, smoking, defiance, rudeness, theft, vandalism, gambling, fighting, bullying, indecency, gangsterism, and repeated minor offences. Girls receive detention in equivalent cases. If the problem persists, students are suspended.
- Zhenghua Primary School (New URL)
"Caning will only be carried out by authorised personnel and only in the presence of the Principal or Vice Principal."
- Zhicheng Private School
This is a private "crammer" aimed at foreign students. There are many such institutions in Singapore, and it may be that many of them use the cane, but this seems to be the only one that has recently said so. One of the "recommended actions for serious offences" is "Caning (for boys only) or corrective work if a pupil is unrepentant". Parents are notified afterwards.
- Zhonghua Secondary School
References in earlier versions to "offences that require corporal punishment" have gone, and caning is now mentioned only as a penalty for not turning up to detention.
- These Singapore schools also state that they cane male students, but give few or no details:
Ai Tong School (primary)
Anchor Green Primary School
Ang Mo Kio Primary School
Angsana Primary School
Boon Lay Secondary School (see pp.11 and 14)
Bowen Secondary School New!
Cedar Primary School
Chua Chu Kang Primary School
Chua Chu Kang Secondary School
Clementi Town Secondary School New!
Commonwealth Secondary School
Damai Primary School
East Spring Primary School
East View Secondary School
Evergreen Secondary School
Fajar Secondary School
Greenridge Primary School
Guangyang Secondary School
Hong Kah Secondary School
Hougang Secondary School
Jurong West Secondary School New!
Kent Ridge Secondary School New!
Kheng Cheng School (primary)
Kranji Secondary School
Loyang Secondary School
Maris Stella High School New!
Marsiling Secondary School
Mayflower Secondary School
Opera Estate Primary School
Punggol Secondary School
Qi Hua Primary School New!
Serangoon Garden Secondary School
Shuqun Secondary School
St Hilda's Primary School New!
Swiss Cottage Secondary School
Tampines Secondary School
Tanglin Secondary School
Teck Ghee Primary School
Unity Secondary School
Yishun Town Secondary School
Yuan Ching Secondary School
Zhangde Primary School
- Bay Christian School, Port Elizabeth
This school was not opened until 1999, by which time corporal punishment had already been outlawed in South Africa, for both public and private schools. Subsequent court cases have reaffirmed that Christian schools do not have any right to exemption from this rule, and yet here is one of them openly stating that "corporal correction is used in extreme cases as we believe it is a directive given by God".
- Emmanuel Private School, Vanderbijlpark
"Biblical correction with the rod (paddle) is necessary for moral violations", says this K-12 Christian school. These include swearing, lying, fighting, and disrespect to staff, "or repeated detentions without a change in behaviour". Since schools are not allowed to use CP, the parents, preferably the father, must administer the paddling at home. A "Biblical correction form" outlining the offence is sent home with the miscreant student. It must be signed by both parents and the student, and returned to the school.
- Hoedspruit Christian School
"When disciplinary action (paddling) becomes necessary, it is firmly carried out by the parent, administrator or principal." "It is the policy of this school to administer corporal correction according to biblical admonition when warranted."
- These Swaziland schools are known to use corporal punishment, but do not appear to say so on line, or are not on line at all:
Mayiwane High School -- see this Feb 2015 news item
Mbabane Central High School -- see this Dec 2016 news item
Mhlatane High School, Piggs Peak -- see news reports from October 2005 and June 2013
Mhubhe High School, Manzini region ("Pupils weep for leaving teacher", Weekend Observer, Mbabane, 18 Feb 2006, not on line)
Salesian High School, Manzini -- see this Aug 2013 news item
St Francis High School, Mbabane -- see this Oct 2008 news item
Sibuyeni Primary school, near Manzini -- see this May 2010 news item
Somnjalose High School, Ezulwini Valley -- see this April 2010 news item
Swazi National High School, Matsapha -- see this Jan 2012 news item
Velebantfu High School, New Haven -- see this Feb 2009 news item
Patandi Primary School, Arusha
Information for temporary voluntary teachers. The headteacher is allowed to give four strokes of the cane for certain offences.
- Royal Elite Schools, Dar es Salaam New!
"Corporal punishment will be given to the culprits in accordance to the government regulations."
Excellence Christian Academy, Kabwe
When corporal correction is warranted, a maximum of five firm strokes will be administered "using a simple, flat paddle for the girls and an appropriate rod for the boys".
- Macha International Christian School
"A reasonable number of strokes, not to exceed 3, will be administered by a staff member, using a
simple, flat paddle. In the case of a serious offence the number of strokes given will be 5."
- Gateway Primary School, Harare (New URL)
At this Christian school for grades 1 through 7, "For boys, corporal punishment may be used by the Head (or someone to whom he delegates the responsibility) as a means of discipline". Parents are sent a Discipline Report.
- Peterhouse Boys, Marondera
At this celebrated secondary boarding school, the headmaster is called the Rector. "The Rector reserves the right [...] to discipline pupils whose behaviour is contrary to the letter/spirit of these Standing Orders; this may involve the use of corporal punishment." CP is no longer specifically mentioned as the automatic punishment for smoking and alcohol use. For these two serious offences, earlier versions of the document specified 3 strokes of the cane for a first offence and six strokes for a second, with expulsion upon a third occasion.
- Watershed College, Marondera
At this co-educational Christian secondary high school, corporal punishment may be administered only by the houseparents of boys' houses.