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.