No to cruel teachers!
Abuse in schools is outdated and wrong says Masanda Peter.
Watching TV the other day I was saddened to see a child who had lost an eye after being hit by a teacher at school. As far as I know corporal punishment is banned from schools and to see a school child in 2010 losing an eye is bad.

I know teachers complain that since the banning of corporal punishment things have been so bad in schools that some are leaving the profession. They say school children are not listening to them. Some even carry weapons to school or even threaten their lives.

But to have a young kid lose an eye makes me wonder what the child did to deserve such punishment and cruelty? The life of this teacher was not threatened in any way but we now have a child undergoing several operations to reconstruct the eye.

I know that in some schools teachers are still using corporal punishment. In some cases the community is uneducated and is not aware of the avenues they can use to report these teachers. If you report the matter to the school you run the risk of having your child tormented by the teacher.

Memories of abuse

During my youth I went to a school where we were physically abused. I think there are different levels of instilling discipline to kids, but that was abuse. There was a time where if you did wrong, you would have five teachers giving you a hiding. You would go from the one teacher to the next each giving whatever amount of lashes they want to give (they used to call it “ilima”). This barbaric behaviour by the teachers even had a name. Now tell me if that was not abuse.
There was also verbal abuse with teachers swearing at us. When I look back I really wonder what was going on in those teacher’s minds.

Speaking to friends most remember a teacher that once said something bad to them. ‘You will never amount to anything’, ‘you are stupid’ and many other insulting statements. This behaviour is also uncalled for from teachers.

You hear of male teachers impregnating young girls. Since when is a 15-year-old girl a desirable woman that you can think of sleeping with? These are the cruel teachers who should be removed from the teaching profession or be jailed.

As parents we entrust our precious children into teachers’ care.

I salute the men and women who are giving their all to the teaching profession; the men and women who encourage the children to do their best and give them a sense of hope about the future.

Teachers hold great power. You will hear some kids saying: ‘I am where I am after a certain teacher showed belief in me and told me that I can do it.’ Please use the power you hold effectively.

What can be done about teachers who abuse their power?

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