Hitting and other physical abuse of school children is widespread in Tanzanian schools today. From volunteers I have spoken with, teachers often hit kids minor things such as asking questions that the teachers don’t like.
If you were trying to design an educational system to more efficiently drive creativity, inquisitiveness, and love of learning out of students, you would have a hard time topping Tanzany.
Its just so stupid, appalling and sad.
But apparently all those beatings are not quite good enough in the mind of some ministers, though. Here’s a chilling quote from a recent story in The Daily News, titled “Public Schools to Continue Using Corporal Punishment.”
CORPORAL punishment will continue to be instituted in public schools to ensure discipline among pupils and students, the government has said. Deputy Minister for Education and Vocational Training, Mr Philipo Mulugo, said in Dar es Salaam during the launch of an education website, www. shuledirect.co.tz, meant to be a platform for interaction among secondary school students.
Mr Mulugo stressed on the importance of corporal punishment in schools as a means of enhancing performance as the move would keep discipline among the students. “We know the move to re-introduce caning in schools would attract a lot of criticism, especially from those who call themselves as human rights activists,” he said.
The punishment was previously banned on grounds that it violated human rights.
But, Mr Mulugo said absence of corporal punishment contributed to the decline of discipline in schools, and consequently may have contributed to the ongoing fall in the performance in exams. “When I was a teacher in Mbeya one of the schools I taught was highly discipline compared to others because of the use of canes,” he said.
Of course when a local policeman decided to apply the same punishment to under-performing teachers a few years ago, a government minister call that “abnormal.”
Tanzania — stop beating your children!!!