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School CP - November 1966
Truth, Melbourne, 12 November 1966
Teacher mustn't use a cane
A mother complains to Truth that her child has been caned in a Melbourne State school. She asks: "Is this permissible?
"I rang the principal of the school but he would not speak to me because I would not divulge my name," she said.
No teacher in a State primary or secondary school is allowed to strike a child with a cane. Regulation 16, clause 5, says: Corporal punishment can be given to a pupil guilty of grave misconduct;
The pupil must be male;
The punishment must be administered by the headmaster or a teacher authorised by the headmaster;
A STRAP must be used to administer the punishment;
The pupil being punished must be strapped on the palm of either hand.
The regulations lay down no limit to the number of time a pupil may be hit.
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