The Ghana Education Service (GES) initiated the Safe Schools Programme as part of efforts aimed at making pre-tertiary schools in the country safe and secured for teaching and learning.
To this end, Management of the GES banned the use of corporal punishment in pre-tertiary schools in February, 2017 and re-emphasised it in 2019, with a directive for all teachers to adopt the Positive Discipline toolkit as the only measure for correcting misbehaviour of learners in schools.
It is however, regrettable to note in recent times, there has been increased reported cases of use of corporal punishment of learners who misconduct themselves.
Management would like to use this opportunity to strongly advise against the continued use of corporal punishment and entreat teachers to apply measures spelt out in the Positive Discipline Toolkit and the Head Teachers’ Handbook (Appendix 2) in dealing with all discipline issues among children.
Management will not hesitate to apply the relevant sanctions consistent with the provisions of the revised Code of Conduct for staff of the Ghana Education Service, should this directive be ignored.