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Cape Argus, 1 April 1998
Education chiefs ponder how to spare rod
Grahamstown - High-ranking education officials meeting in Port Elizabeth have discussed alternative means of discipline in schools.
With corporal punishment constitutionally abolished by the South African Schools Act of 1996, a whole new approach to education in the country was in the process of being developed, said Blade Nzimande, MP and chairman of the standing committee on education.
He was addressing a group of representatives from 160 schools in the Uitenhage, Port Elizabeth, Despatch and Kirkwood districts.
The new approach included alternative means to discipline pupils, and the implementation of a code of conduct that teachers could follow.
Meanwhile principals, teachers and parents must work in close collaboration on establishing a "new morality and type of behaviour", after a centuries-old system of education that had allowed the use of physical punishment to establish discipline had finally fallen away, he said.
Witwatersrand University education policy unit lecturer Salim Vally suggested alternatives that could be practically implemented, based on a "principle of modification of behaviour".
Teachers should aim at discouraging bad behaviour before it could begin, he told the gathering. ECN
Eastern Province Herald, Port Elizabeth, 1 April 1998
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