Justice Minister Fields Tough Questions From High School Students On Corporal Punishment


Stevian Simmonds reports.

Justice Minister, Delroy Chuck, faced tough questions about corporal punishment from a group of Primary and High School students, at a Youth Public Awareness Forum today.

The Justice Ministry event hosted student representatives from approximately 40 schools across the country.

Chief among the concerns of the students, was Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ re-iteration of the policy banning corporal punishment.

One student, Morisa Thomas, says her mother is frustrated because she feels she has no other option except beating her 8-year son who often misbehaves.

Another student, Kamoy Green, says she believes beating a child is a necessary tool in the education process.

But the Justice Minister disagrees.

Minister Chuck says students should stand up for themselves.

But he says violence should never be used as a means of resolving conflicts

This student, Gavia Cousins, made a call for smart devices that would prevent students from struggling with school bags laden with books.

Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.

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