Thursday, January 20, 2011

Jamaica likely to end corporal punishment after student was blinded in school

According to Jamaican government officials, there are plans to end corporal punishment in public schools after it was learned that a fifth-grade student lost most of his sight in one eye following punishment from a teacher.

Minister of Education Andrew Holness said "moderate and reasonable" punishment is still permitted in all schools, with the exception of early childhood institutions. Consequently, Minister Holness said he expects his nation's legislators to abolish corporal punishment, as it is today, throughout the island nation.

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