Spare the rod and spoil the child. This is one saying that people always hold on to when punishing a child that misbehaves.
Some people in Nigeria believe that you cannot correct a child without inflicting injuries on them in the name of punishment.
Disciplining a child who misbehaves is not wrong, but when that punishment goes overboard, it is not acceptable.
Sometimes, these punishments are just way too much. Some go to the extent of using sharp objects on the children and flogging them till they see blood.
Some parents even ask the teachers of their children to beat them without mercy if they don anything wrong.
The thing is, some of the children who are severely punished don’t change from their bad ways, rather, the punishment makes them more rugged and tough.
There have been cases of teachers inflicting serious injuries on students. Last year, there was a report of a teacher who flogged a student to death in Ibadan. There was another case of student going blind after being slapped by teacher.
It is high time, teachers learnt to draw the line between discipline and brutality.
Below are some ways Nigerian teachers punish children.
1. Why would you flog a child to the extent of inflicting serious injuries on him or her?
2. What kind of punishment is this?
3. Lateness to school always attracts punishment.
4. This teacher asked her pupils to use sand to brush their teeth as punishment.
5. These students were asked to kneel down with a heavy object on their head.
6. This teacher decided to use her students as floor mat.
7. Most teachers believe flogging is the only way to correct a child.