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ABC Radio Australia, 3 April 2002

Pacific Beat Stories

Fiji teachers upset at corporal punishment ban

In Fiji, the Teachers Association has reacted strongly to the ban on corporal punishment or canning [sic] of students and prisoners announced by the country's High Court last week. Acting judge Jayant Prakash said corporal punishment inflicted on both criminals and students was in breach of the Constitution and it was unlawful following a submission by the Fiji Human Rights Commission citing such punishment was against the Constitution.

But Fijian teachers beg to differ. Association Secretary Maika Namundu says teachers should be allowed to use some form of punishment and discipline on students if law-abiding citizens are to be produced.

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