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Title: Influence of Banning Corporal Punishment on Secondary Schools Students' Discipline,A case study of some Secondary Schools in Koibatek District,Kenya
Authors: Chepserech, Joel,Kiprpop
Keywords: Corporal Punishment
Issue Date: Aug-2009
Publisher: Egerton University
Abstract: Discipline is a very important component of achievement for any institution if any meaningful educational out come have to be realized. Teachers have used corporal punishment for quite a long time and it has been a cornerstone for upholding moral discipline in our public schools. This fomr of discipline is as old as humankind. Corporal punishment has been in use in other parts of the world such as in US, Britain, New Zealand, among others, where it was used in disciplining the students in school. It was administered with the aim of correcting and bringing back to the moral line a wayward child. Prior to the banning of corporal punishment in Kenya, many lobby groups such as human right group, staged a campaign for the banning of corporal punishment in schools. This campaign became a hot debate when a series of incidents of student death caused by teachers’ caning were reported. The full weight of the ban was felt when the Ministry of Education Science and Technology outlawed corporal punishment in schools on 13"’ March 2001. Subsequently, the teachers were advised to try other means of disciplining errand students. Thus, the purpose of this study was to determine the influence of the ban of corporal punishment on student discipline. This study used descriptive survey that utilized an ex-post facto design. This study involved l0 Head teachers, 30 teachers and 400 students who were drawn from 10 public secondary schools in Koibatek District. Purposive sampling was used to select head teachers, teachers in secondary schools. In mixed schools, stratified sampling was used in case of boys and girls while simple random sampling was used in non-mixed schools to select 400 students. Data was collected using open-ended and closed-ended questionnaires. The data then was analyzed using descriptive statistical tools namely; means, percentages, frequencies, bar graphs and tables. The latest version of Statistical Package for Social Science SPSS was used in the analysis. The finding of the study may be used to establish the influence of banning corporal punishment on students’ discipline in secondary schools in Koibatek District. The findings of the study indicate that the ban on corporal punishment had lead to deterioration of discipline in secondary schools of Koibatek District, that headteachers are for the re-introduction of corporal punishment, that guidance and counselling had not addressed discipline effectively, peer counselling is of great help to students. The conclusions drawn from the study is that teachers feel that corporal punishment needed to be re-introduced while students are for the cane to be banned completely.
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