A nod or not for the rod

While some believe corporal punishment is ultimately beneficial for kids, others are convinced that caning is tantamount to abuse. But it’s possible to strike a compromise.

IN the missionary school I went to as a child, caning and other forms of corporal punishment were a given – teachers meted out this form of discipline and parents rarely, if ever, questioned their children’s punishment.

There was an unspoken code among my classmates – if you were disciplined in school, you were meant to “take it on the chin” and not tell your parents when you got back home.

I remember quite clearly being caned by my accounts teacher for not submitting my homework.

The punishment hurt, but my ego hurt even more. There was no way my father would find out, I thought, hence I didn’t say anything to him when I returned home after school.

I resolved henceforth to submit my homework on time, but the matter did not end there. My La Salle School Klang teacher met my father soon after and to cut a long story short, I was given another caning for my failure to reveal the first caning.

Coming from an all-boys school, I could regale you with numerous stories of the various forms of discipline meted out. Our school was famous in Klang as being the most disciplined.

In fact, I can remember all our headmasters (all La Salle brothers) as having stern demeanours and not hesitating to use the cane when required.

Watching your classmate being caned was a common occurrence, less so when it came to the dreaded public caning. This form of punishment was only used for serious offences, including gangsterism, vandalism, smoking and being caught with pornographic material!

by BRIAN MARTIN.

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