Ban Corporal Punishment in schools in Nigeria

Ban Corporal Punishment in schools in Nigeria

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Isla Mcleod started this petition to Nigerian ministry of Education

In Nigeria, corporal punishment is part of every day schooling. When a child misbehaves, they will be beaten. Some of the common forms of corporal punishment in practice include flogging, slapping, spanking, punching and kicking. Others include hitting with objects, kneeling down (often in the sun for extended time periods), painful body posture, and prevention of excretion (faeces and urine). This is not only from teachers but elder pupils are often encouraged to give punishments to younger students. This over time leads to children not learning from their mistakes, but developing a 'thick skin', often leading them to think corporal punishment is funny and not a serious punishment. Children who are punished in this manner become secluded from their peers, and demotivated to attend school as it is common for the acts of punishment to not only be cruel, but inhuman. In the section 34 subsection (1) of the 1999 constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria, it specifies people’s right to personal liberty and instances in which a person who has not attained the age of eighteen may be deprived of his right to personal liberty specifically for educative and welfare purposes. This means that students under the age of 18 within schools are no longer classified as TRULY FREE, they are NOT LIBERATED and are subject to abuse by elders if they feel it is justified. By allowing this law to continue, we make way for excess punishment, and child abuse, with infinite negative effects on Nigeria's future population. School authority figures should aim to gain the respect of their pupils by supporting them through every possible outlet, teachers should aim to be their pupils inspiration, NOT FEAR. 

PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION IF YOU WISH FOR CHANGE FOR NIGERIA, let this country make way for change for the children of Africa. 

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