National Students’ Council Supports Abolition Of Corporal Punishment

Press Release:-   The Saint Lucia National Students’ Council takes a stand to condemn violence in any form.

In some cases, this extends to corporal punishment in our educational institutions.

Given the recent cabinet conclusion outlining the suspension and eventual abolition of corporal punishment in schools, it is imperative that we take into consideration the welfare of students at learning institutions.

This method of disciplining has been practiced by educators for a number of years, many of
whom have gained popularity among students for the very practice. Notwithstanding this,
Article 50, of the Education Act of 1999 clearly outlines the conditions for administering
Corporal Punishment in schools.

“50. — (1) In the enforcement of discipline in public schools, assisted schools and private
educational institutions, degrading or injurious punishment shall not be administered.
(2) Corporal punishment may be administered where no other punishment is considered suitable
or effective, and only by the principal, deputy principal or any teacher appointed by the
principal for that purpose, in a manner which is in conformity with the guidelines issued in
writing by the Chief Education Officer.
(3) Whenever corporal punishment is administered an entry must be made in a punishment book which shall be kept in each school for such purpose indicating the nature and extent of the punishment and the reasons for administering it.”

According to students’ recounts, many cases of this punishment being administered are not
consistent with the guiding legislation.

This hints that over the years Corporal Punishment has moved from a well thought-through punitive measure to an impulsive way of punishing students who don’t adhere to the school rules.

The NSC sees reason for the Department of Education implementing this policy and we
anticipate the alternative measures that will come into play as of May 1st 2020.

The National Students’ Council believes that students can play a major role in shaping education policy and should be consulted in the months ahead regarding this subject.

We remain committed to being the voice of all students, ensuring that they benefit from environments conducive to effective learning.


  1. According to online dictionary Corporal punishment or physical punishment is a punishment intended to cause physical pain on a person. It is most often practised on minors, especially in home and school settings. Common methods include spanking or paddling.

    Violence according to online dictionary is “the use of physical force so as to injure, abuse, damage, or destroy.” 

    The report noted that it is a stand to condemn violence. I am a bit confused there. Isn’t there a difference between the two?

    The only thing that could take place is that a person May start with corporal punishment and go beyond and move into violence. The two are NOT the Same!

    If we are talking about disciplining we should use the words of the wisest man. I am sure we will agree that the wisest man is Solomon. On the contrary to Mr. Taj Weekes the wisest man has outline one form of discipline that is being pushed out! If we push out wise counsel then we are taking in foolish ones. Wise and foolish cannot be in the same boat.

    As a result permit me to quote from the wisest man: Proverbs 23 from verse 12

    12 Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge.

    13 Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die.

    14 Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.

    In this scripture it is clear that Solomon is Speaking to children who needs correction. The Hebrew word used for child here is in morden English is from infancy to adolescence.

    It is clear in this scripture that Solomon instruction is to “beat” the child. In Hebrew the word beat means to stick to cause pain, however Solomon the wisest man helped us understand the beating is not to kill the child. In his exact words the child will not die. The word die is Hebrew is not only about the physical death but also to destroy! According to the definition above that would be violence.

    In the conclusion of Solomon the man we accept as the wisest who ever lived says; this correction saves that child from hell.
    It means that this child will be straighten through “beating” to live a righteous life an not end up in hell.

    There is a right and a wrong way to do things. Not because someone has done or practiced something the wrong, it means we should stop that thing entirely. I concur that there has been abuse it wanting to discipline a child, but because this was done should we alltogether throw it away?

    Rather, I propose; “Let’s educate people”
    For example, if a child did some wrong thing your first should be to sit with this child and help him or her know he went wrong and explain why he went wrong and teach him the right thing to do. If the child continues you do you best to continue speaking to the child. After 4-5 times of such, you call the child let the child know they have disobeyed or wronged and let them know they will be punished by flogging them. Flog them then move on. You will be surprised to see that you may never reach the stages of flogging but other cases you may. Not all children are the same.

    So to remove something that has it place is WRONG. As in the law above there is guidance as to who does it and how it is done. I concur flogging is NOT the only way of discipline however it should NOT be removed!

  2. Times are changing maybe we need new punishments like seizing students cellphones for a week. Some would rather caning than that lol

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