Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Rescind ban on punishment at schools - union

31 January 2015, 10:45

Harare - A teachers union in Zimbabwe on Friday said it wanted President Robert Mugabe to rescind a ban on corporal punishment because schools risked turning into "jungles."

"We're receiving reports from our members in schools that cases of indiscipline are on the rise," said Raymond Majongwe, the secretary general of the Progressive Teachers' Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) in a letter to the 90-year-old president.

"We're convinced the outright removal of corporal punishment from our schools will definitely turn our schools into jungles with no master or authority," he said.

Zimbabwe's new constitution, adopted in 2013, bans corporal punishment.

Also read: Teacher leaves pupil with broken leg

Earlier this month the High Court said corporal punishment meted out by courts to juvenile offenders was also no longer allowed.

Majongwe said in his letter: "We don't support the battering of learners but we're saying keeping corporal punishment hanging in schools, at times without even applying it, has helped to maintain some measure of discipline."

In 2005, a high school pupil from Seke, just outside Zimbabwe's capital Harare, collapsed and died when he was beaten by a headmaster for misbehaving.



Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
DP Ruto accuses Raila of selling ...

DP Wiliam Ruto has castigated Raila Odinga for seeking western support to fund his 2017 election bid. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
Peter Kenneth announces Uhuru 201...

Peter Kenneth has announced that he will support President Uhuru Kenyatta in the 2017 elections. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilon Ochieng
Labour Party to dump both Jubilee...

The Labour Party of Kenya is likely to avoid supportoing both the CORD and Jubilee factions during the 2017 General Elections. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
Ukambani MP quits Jubilee, to run...

An Ukambani MP has quit the Jubilee Party, citing voter apathy as his reason behind leaving the ruling coalition. Read more...

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
Government launches probe into Po...

The government has launched an inquiry into the circumstances that could have led to two National Police Service helicopter accidents in August and September this year. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilwon Ochieng
Deputy Governor's ally found with...

The EACC has recovered KES 2 million in fake currency from a close ally of Deputy Governor for Tharaka Nithi Eliud Mati. Read more...