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Call to end corporal punishment in schools:

‘Positive disciplining methods more beneficial’

A study conducted by the National Child Protection Authority has revealed that at least 80.4 percent of students in Sri Lanka have experienced at least one episode of corporal punishment during their school years.

At present, research conducted worldwide has revealed the adverse effects of corporal punishment, which brings about a cycle of violence, damaging the relationship between the teacher and student.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Adverse Childhood Experience (ACEs) such as abuse, neglect, and household dysfunction, leads to social, emotional and cognitive impairments. Apart from escalating to physical abuse, corporal punishment has also been associated with depression, hostility and low academic performance.

Senior Counsellor and Psychotherapist Dr. Chaminda De Alwis Weerasiriwardane said the majority of Sri Lankan children have toxic stress.

“However, we must inculcate positive stress among them which will help them grow positively. The brain usually makes the highest tendency for violence naturally and the reactions are always visible. But the brain has no natural tendency to kindness and compassion. Therefore, we must inculcate these values in a child’s brain from childhood. We must also improve mental flexibility, emotional control, self-monitoring, and task initiation to improve the limbic system in children’s brains,” Dr. De Alwis Weerasiriwardane said.

The doctor said teachers must be provided with proper training to deal with children in classrooms. Teachers and caregivers are encouraged to use positive disciplining methods.

World Vision Lanka introduces positive disciplinary approaches which promote a child to be a happy and productive citizen. This will not only reduce adverse effects on children but also enable a nurturing environment for both teachers and students to use their full potential.


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