Former Saint Lucia Teachers Union (SLTU) President, Doctor Virginia Albert Poyotte, has supported a move to eventually abolish corporal punishment in schools here next year.
But her support is conditional.
The veteran educator told St Lucia Times that she welcomes the idea.
“I think it is a very good move, on condition that having arrived at this decision, the powers that be in terms of the persons at the Ministry of Education and the government, had adequate consultation with the Saint Lucia Teachers Union and the teachers in Saint Lucia,” Albert-Poyotte stated.
She also indicated that her support is on the basis that everything would have been put in place to enable teachers to handle issues relating to disciplinary measures.
“As long as this is in place and teachers are happy, the Teachers Union is happy that everything has been done to ensure that children are disciplined in the right manner, I have no objection to amending or suspending or abolishing corporal punishment,” Albert-Poyotte explained.
However she made it clear that if the appropriate measures have not been put in place, the decision to abolish corporal punishment is premature.
“Where teachers and the teachers union have not been sufficiently informed or involved and proper measures are not in place, then I see a lot of chaos as a result,” the former SLTU President declared.