As September 4 is slated for the reopening of schools in the country, the Government of Liberia has made it clear that corporal punishment is a thing in the past and should not form part of the educational system in the country.
Speaking at the government’s weekly press briefing on Thursday, the Assistant Minister of Secondary Education at the Ministry of Education Madam, Felicia Doe Somah, said that the Ministry received many complaints from parents during the recent academic year about corporal punishment been meted out on their children and that this time, the government will not condone such from any school or authority. Madam Somah said that it is incumbent on every teacher to find ways and means to get attracted to his or her pupils so that their classes will not be boring which leads a child to lack interest. “When a mother leaves her child to go to school, that child upon reaching the school vicinity is now under the care of the school authorities. But if asking that child to stay outside the fence because of lateness, whatever happens to that child is our responsibility. By also flogging the child, you might get angry and do harm to that child too”, she said. Madam Somah admonished parents to keep attending Parents and Teachers Association (PTA) meetings and visit their children during school hours to know their performance. Meanwhile, Madam Somah has called on churches that are in the habit of occupying school premises and classes for their services to desist henceforth or face the music. “We have seen many furniture being destroyed by this act during church services. If we find any church operating in any of our schools, the authorities there will be held responsible”, she warned.