6 Dec 2010

PNG warning about corporal punishment plan

2:42 pm on 6 December 2010

Papua New Guinea's acting secretary for education, Dr. Joseph Pagelio, has issued warnings about plans to use corporal punishment on students in Madang.

The Madang Urban Youth Council intends using corporal punishment from February if students are found outside of their school grounds or roaming the streets after class.

Dr Pagelio says currently corporal punishment is not allowed in schools for disciplining children who break school rules.

And he says only the school's board has the right to punish students who break school rules through suspensions, expulsions and work assignments.

No one apart from the board has the power to punish students who break rules and the application of any form of discipline without board approval is a breach of the Education Act.