State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Alando Terrelonge, is urging adults to desist from using corporal punishment to discipline their children.
He was speaking at the opening ceremony for the 15th Caribbean Cuboree held at the Ocho Rios High School in St. Ann recently.
Minister Terrelonge says some adults believe children can’t learn unless they are beaten.
But, he insists that Jamaicans must depart from such practices.
The State Minister says it’s time adults stop maltreating the youngsters.
He also says it’s time adults start speaking to children and begin to discipline them with love.
He told the Cub Scouts they have a right to be protected from all forms of abuse, including physical punishment.
Minister Terrelonge says this can also affect their mental health and development.
He says children and youth have rights which ensure they’re not ill treated or abused.
The Minister reiterated that children have the right to an education, food, clothing and to a loving and stable home.
He notes the same disciplinary techniques used by the Cub Scouts can be used by parents to discipline their children at home.
The aim of the Cuboree’s is to provide an opportunity for children between seven and 11, to interact, experience different cultures and foster lasting friendships.