End corporal punishment in schools

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THE appropriateness or otherwise of the age-old “culture” of meting out corporal punishment such as flogging of erring students in schools by teachers or senior students has been the subject of debates for ages. Majority opinions seems to be against the retention of this manner of correction or sanction in this age and time.

A video of one of such acts surfaced in the social media last week, and the manner it went viral and drew widespread condemnations across the globe said it all – it is time to stop this barbaric tradition.

In the video, fifteen students of a class in Government Science School, Eggon, Nasarawa State, were flogged with a whip by a teacher. Their offence was that they failed to resume class on the school’s resumption day.

The global scale of this outrage was evident in the fact that within two days of its publication on Facebook it had been shared 22,000…



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