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Arabic Instructors warned against using the cane on children under their care.

The Northern Regional Manager of the Islamic Education Unit, Sheikh Issah Alhassan, has warned Arabic instructors who inflict corporal punishment on pupils placed under their care that they would be appropriately dealt with per the guidelines of the Ghana Education Service (GES).

According to him it has become public knowledge that Arabic instructors apply the cane in cruel forms even though the GES had banned the practice. The situation had led to most children from Islamic background usually dropping out of school while others are afraid to attend Arabic schools.

The Ghana Education Service (GES) in 2017 banned all forms of corporal punishment for children in schools and that includes Arabic schools, as part of efforts aimed at promoting a safe and protective learning environment for children.

However, Sheikh Issah said the Islamic Education Unit had noticed that the ban on corporal punishment was not being followed particularly in some Arabic schools in the Northern Region.

Sheikh Issah who believes there are different ways by which pupils or students can be punished, told Diamond News in an interview that, for instance, giving students assignments to do while their mates are playing during break could serve same purpose of a punishment.

He said, though his outfit is yet to receive any formal report on any Arabic instructor who had deformed a pupil through corporal punishment, it is prudent for Arabic instructors to respect the GES directive.

Sheikh reminded the Arabic Instructors that the laws of Ghana will deal with any Arabic instructor who failed to comply with the directives.

 “Now it is impermissible for teachers and Arabic instructors to use the cane as the corrective measures to any students who have gone wrong. There are other corrective measures and methods teachers can adopt. I am therefore urging our Arabic instructors to adopt other methods in correcting the students”.

“Any Arabic instructors who fails to comply with the directives would not be spared should the law catches up with him. We would allow the law to deal with him without any interference from the management of the Islamic Education Unit”, Sheikh Issah warned.

Source: Alhassan Yakubu

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