Parents, Teachers Seek Moderation In Child Discipline


Some parents and teachers have called for moderation in child discipline in the country.

They noted that child discipline should be a core responsibility of the family, which is the first unit of society.

It will be recalled that a Junior Secondary School 2 pupil of Simple Faith Schools, Agbara, Lagos State, Emmanuel Amidu, was beaten by his teacher.

The 11-year-old was said to have vomited and was rushed to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, where he died.

During the commemoration of the Children’s Day on Friday at the Avo Pizza Fabulous, Arepo, in the Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State, stakeholders said child discipline should not be left to schools.

According to the event host and owner of Avo Pizza Fabulous, Mrs  Shade Shona, parents play critical roles in the lives of children.

She said, “Our children are our future and parents must raise their children in a godly way. Parents must instil discipline in their children first before anyone else.

However, there should be moderation in discipline. Even when you beat them, you should also learn to use your words next time.”

A Nollywood actor and movie producer, Funsho Adegeye, frowned on corporal punishment at schools.

He said, “Sometimes, when you bully a child with a cane, you lose him or her. It should not be encouraged; there are better ways to instil discipline in children.

My father understood this when I was young; he didn’t bully me with a cane; rather, he withdrew the things I loved till I was sorry and came back to my senses.”

A teacher at Harvard Children School, Arepo, Opeyemi Temitope, stated that corporal punishment marred children rather than make them future leaders.

“Corporal punishment kills their morale. It should simply not be a path to discipline. I believe the home is the best place to instil discipline in children,” she said.

A teacher at Springworth Secondary School, Jumoke Fatoye, called for collaboration among stakeholders in raising future leaders.

Participants at the event were treated to lots of fun, including quiz competitions, with winners going home with different prizes.




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