Teacher’s Urged To Instil Discipline

prof naana janeThe Central Regional Director of Education, Mr. Jacob Kor, has appealed to teachers to adopt the psychological way of instilling discipline in pupils and students instead of the use of cane which should be every teacher’s last option in correcting a child.

He urged teachers to reduce or if possible stop canning to help create the conducive environment for easy teaching and learning.

Mr. Kor was speaking at the 14th Speech and Prize-Giving Day of the University of Cape Coast Basic School, on the theme: “Creating a conducive environment for teaching and learning; A shared responsibility.”

He described the excessive use of the cane and other severe bodily punishment, as “unacceptable” adding that the presence of a cane might submerge the easy flow of teacher/student communication and inhibit efforts to unearth the inherent talents of learners.

He called for re-visiting of the old-age tradition where adults could correct children without permission from their parents, saying “bringing up a child should not be a sole responsibility of parents and teachers but a collective role of the entire society”.

Mr. Kor expressed regret about indiscipline on the part of some teachers who befriended some of the pupils and students and warned that any teacher who would be found culpable would be dealt with.

According to him, teachers as instruments of change, must adhere to their responsibilities since the destiny and future of the country was in their hands.

The Assistant Headteacher, Mrs. Kate Frimpong, said “though the school is among the best JHSs in the country, there were some challenges that needed to be tackled for us to perform more creditably”.

According to her, the school needs a library complex, a science laboratory and a vocational workshop; while some of the classrooms which have their roofs leaking also needed to be repaired, and appealed for assistance.

Professor John Nelson Boah, Pro-Vice Chancellor of UCC, appealed to the teachers to adopt a methodology that would suit children of all abilities and avoid discrimination while having time and patience for the slow learners.

 

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