NPTA president urges Gov’t to implement comprehensive training programmes for parents on alternative methods of disciplining children

President of the National Parent-Teacher Association of Jamaica, Stewart Jacobs is urging the Government to implement comprehensive training programs for parents on alternative methods of disciplining children.

Mr. Jacobs made the appeal following recent pronouncements by Justice Minister Delroy Chuck indicating Government’s plan to extend the ban on corporal punishment to households.

In light of public discourse on the matter, the Government yesterday clarified that no decision has been made to ban corporal punishment in homes.

Speaking in an interview with IRIE FM news, Mr. Jacobs said such a ban would be difficult to achieve.

He suggested that the Government equip parents with a variety of effective disciplinary techniques beyond corporal punishment.

Meantime, Mr. Jacobs noted that parents should retain their fundamental right to discipline their children, emphasizing the importance of the Government recognising boundaries.


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