I am against corporal punishment - PM

November 08, 2017

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the Government is committed to not only ban corporal punishment in schools, but generally in the society, so that it is no longer an option.

"I wish to declare that I am totally against corporal punishment. I believe that the time has come for the Parliament to have a debate on this issue and finally declare corporal punishment at an end, both within public institutions and as a means of discipline available to parents," Holness said.

He was delivering a statement in the House of Representatives yesterday on the United Nations Development Programme's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The prime minister highlighted the alarming findings in the recently launched UNICEF Report 'A Familiar Face: Violence in the Lives of Children and Adolescents', which shows the high number of Jamaican children who die violently and who are regularly subjected to sexual violence and violent discipline in their homes, schools, and communities.

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