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pro et contra of corporal punishment

Before I start my speech I would like to share some story of my own experience. I remember when I was still in primary school, when there used to be one strict teacher that all used to be afraid of. Just one sight of him, and you could literally listen to the sound of falling pin. Debate over pros and cons of Corporal punishment in schools started to surface during my schooling days and back then most of the teachers were forced to overcome that form of punishment. But still, some teachers couldn’t just resist the urge to provide bodily pain after watching the mischief of students. Today, pros and cons of Corporal punishment in schools is less of a debate and has been termed “illegal” by many governments the world over and any teacher undertaking such practices would be eligible for punishment by law. But still in some countries like Singapore, corporal punishment in schools is legal for boys in Singapore to induce discipline in students. But was it and is it necessary to stop corporal punishment in schools? Is it necessary to strike a student hard on the hands if he is not even matured enough to understand the consequences of mischief he just did? Well, my thoughts are on the contrary mark. To me, corporal punishment in schools is an act of violence and against the human rights. And what am I to talk of Human rights, if the student on whom the punishment is used is not even aware of them? People advocating corporal punishment in schools might say that this form of punishment will help the students differentiate between right and wrong or in other words will help make a more civilized person. Really? If you beat a young child, he might understand that you are angry on something, he can understand that you are displeased but will he be able to understand why? Can any debate on pros and cons of corporal punishment in schools justify this thought? If you beat a child up, he can only fear…


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