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Swazi Observer, Mbabane, 16 April 2010
Only 4 strokes please -- Education Ministry
By Fanyana Mabuza
The Ministry of Education and Training says it is concerned with the way pupils are being punished.
It notes that some schools have actually gone beyond the set down regulations of effecting corporal punishment. It has reminded teachers to administer legal corporal punishment that does not exceed the four strokes per child - no matter what the offence is. This follows the brutal beatings of five Somnjalose High School pupils recently, where each was given over 30 lashes on the buttocks. Teachers are allowed to effect the corporal punishment as per the rules and guidelines of the ministry, but this should happen in the presence of the school principal.
"The Somnjalose matter has raised so many questions on the ministry's reaction to this blatant abuse, but it can only be able to address the issue once a full report has been brought before it after an investigation by the Hhohho Regional Education Office (REO), has been completed," the ministry said in a statement.
Somnjalose Principal, Elliot Bhembe, has started an internal investigation into the matter and is talking to the concerned parties; the pupils, accused teacher and the Deputy Principal who was allegedly present on the day in question.
"After the school's investigations, the REO will then decide on the cause of action to be taken against the accused teacher. The Under Secretary (School's Manager Maqhawe Mavuso) will also look into the matter after a report from the REO."
The ministry's school guide on corporal punishment:
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