Vicini: Caning students wrong, does not discipline them

The children of Kenya have been protected from any form of physical and psychological abuse by the Children’s Act since 2001.

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What you need to know:

  • The children of Kenya have been protected from any form of physical and psychological abuse by the Children’s Act since 2001.
  • The legislation is progressive, with the Basic Education Act (2013) also protecting pupils from physical punishment and mental harassment in schools.

Against the background of arson in some schools and a lack of discipline shown by students returning to school after a nine-month break occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic, Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha recently suggested that corporal punishment (read caning) ought to be brought back in the country’s learning institutions. 
This proposal has ignited a healthy public debate in the traditional and social media. Allow me to share some views from outside Kenya. 

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