By: Sani Haruna Dutsin-ma
The Zamfara State Universal Basic Education Board in collaboration with United Nations international Children Emergency Fund UNICEF have assured to end corporal punishment and reactivate guidance and counselling units in all their primary and secondary schools in the state.
The Executive Chairman, Zamfara State Universal Basic Education Board, Alhaji Abubakar Aliyu Maradun announced this during a sensitization and engagement of stakeholders on ending corporal punishment in schools held in Gusau the state capital.
Alhaji Abubakar Maradun who was represented by the permanent member one of the board Abubakar Abdullahi said the era of corporal punishment in schools has now become thing of the past.
According to him, this will comply with the federal ministry of education’s directives in collaboration with the United Nations International Children Education Found, UNICEF of ablution of corporal punishment in schools.
Maradun added that, corporal punishment in schools is contributing immensely in criminal activities such as stealing, drug abuse, political thuggery, armed robbery, kidnapping, prostitution among others which are determinants factored to security challenges bedevilling the country.
In their separate remarks, the representative of commissioner of police SP Muhammad Umar and that of the Civil Défense DSC Ibrahim Adamu advised teachers to shown all forms of corporal punishment in schools in order to avoid any act that will tarnish their image.
In his contribution, the state chairman SBMC Alhaji Abubakar Dogo Talatan Mafara said punishment most be applied to any student that violated school rules and regulations or misbehaved within or out the school premises.
He added that, the punishment should not be corporal as there is several ways of punishment.
Speaking earlier, the UNICEF representative whose organize the program Dr. Ahmed Hashim said it aimed at training both teachers and head teachers on how to abolished Corporal punishment in their respective schools.
Different presentations were made by various scholars which to include Malam Ma’azu Galadima who presented on “The role of teachers in ending corporal punishment in schools”, and Malam Nasir Muhammad Kaura who made presentation on ” Impact of school related violence on children’s enrolment, retention and learning outcomes “.