Combating violence in schools. That was the motion discussed on Monday at the eleventh edition of the National Youth Parliament.
The students who took part in the process explored the possible re-introduction of corporal punishment in the school system.
Fyzabad Secondary student and Member of Parliament for Port of Spain North, Amy Langaigne, in her contribution said the government’s push to bring back corporal punishment must not be viewed as a quick fix approach to addressing behavioral challenges but during his deliberation, St Benedict’s College student, Raymond Rueben, counteracted, arguing that with the removal of corporal punishment there are signs that violence and unruly behavior in the nation’s schools have increased.
And there were more calls on Monday at the National Youth Parliament for the reintroduction of corporal punishment. Member of Parliament for Sangre-Grande, Ronald Johnson, used a text from the bible to support his argument.
He said at a time when society is finding it tough to address lawlessness and delinquent behavior, corporal punishment cannot be done away with as one of the means to restore order and discipline in the school system.