Superintendent Methodist Minister, Seth Ampadu, asserting that discipline should be administered out of love and not hatred, has come out in favour of spanking in schools.
He declared that most adults can attest that they benefitted from getting a spanking at school.
“I think that when we spank the children it helps them to become more disciplined,” he told St Lucia Times.
Ampadu spoke in the context of moves by the Ministry of Education to abolish corporal in schools here next year.
He recalled having read a study which showed that children who are spanked perform very well at school, compared to those who are pampered.
The Methodist Minister expressed the view that there is nothing wrong with spanking children.
“Children who are being spanked – sometimes they become more successful,” the Clergyman declared.
However he stressed that spanking has to be done with love and the intention of correcting the child rather than merely inflicting punishment.
Ampadu advised against administering corporal punishment in anger.
He said the aim should be to deter the child and others from doing wrong.
“It will prepare them for life because when they grow, they will be more disciplined. They will know right from wrong. So I think there is nothing wrong with spanking a child at school,” Ampadu declared.
Authorities here have said that the move to eventually halt corporal punishment in schools is in keeping with Saint Lucia’s international obligations and conventions that this country has signed, including the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
“Today if you look at this law – UN child rights and other things, that is where we are facing a lot of challenges in our schools to the extent that some of the children don’t respect the teachers; all because some of the teachers do not have the right to punish them when they go wrong,” the Methodist Minister told St Lucia Times.
Ampadu warned that when that happens, it affects the society.
“They think there is nothing wrong, but the bible says ‘Spare the rod and spoil the child’,” he declared.
“What we see in our communities, in our schools today – I think it’s because of the fact that the children are not being spanked at school. That is why sometimes these things are happening in our schools,” the Methodist Minister stated.