Many international human rights bodies have taken a strong stand against corporal punishment in the schools on the grounds that it may rise to the level of torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. According to the report it violates a child's right to be free within the school compound. It therefore lowers the teachers dignity and physical integrity of teachers.
It therefore interferes with the development of children's physical and mental health. Finally it infringes upon a child's right to education.
Kenya inherited the tradition of caning being part of school discipline from British colonial setting.
According to the report shared by one of the support staff members of that school who sought anonymity, teachers use various methods to punish the pupils. Mostly they slap on them on their faces or caning on the palms of the hands.
More worryingly the teachers also ask pupils in standing in the benches or against the wall and ordering them to sit or bend in awkward positions.
These teachers end up tying the learners tightly on the trees for several hours before aggressively canning them and sometimes they use kicks and other means resulting in injuries to the pupils.
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