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Canings to be out at schools

To replace corporal punishment in schools, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology will revise regulations and add seven new alternatives ranging from suspension to marking down a naughty student’s grades.

But it’s still possible that teachers will be able to ask for less painful physical punishments, like forced push-ups.

The Korea Educational Development Institute yesterday released its the result of its research on non-physical punishments for students. The research was conducted at the request of the Education Ministry.

Progressive metropolitan education office chiefs have vowed to end corporal punishment. They believe it infringes on students’ rights.

The institute’s seven suggested replacements are: admonitions, meetings with students’ parents, giving schools autonomy to handle punishment, extra homework, suspension, lowering students’ grades through demerits and moving students’ to different classes.

The Ministry will review the research and revise educations laws starting next year in elementary, middle and high schools.

The institute suggested the ministry either completely ban corporal punishment or permit non-corporal punishments such as making students do push-ups or raise both arms in the air.

Kang In-soo, vice president of the University of Suwon who presented the research result yesterday, said the institute suggested the ministry to drop entirely an education regulation allowing corporal punishment.


By Park Su-ryon, Kim Mi-ju [mijukim@joongang.co.kr]

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