Monday, June 5, 2006
"Nicholas K. Kaloki's icy glare and booming baritone are his only legal weapons these days against wayward students, now that Kenya's government has officially disarmed him of his long wooden stick. In forbidding the hitting of children in school five years ago, Kenya joined most of the rest of the world, where physical force against the young is regarded as a cruel form of punishment. But the ban — imposed after some schools took the practice too far, injuring, disabling and even killing some children — has yet to truly take hold.
Though no precise records are kept, children's advocates in Kenya report a steady stream of new cases. The illicit caning is often far more violent than the paddling that goes on in some American schools under individual state law, and it occurs with surprising regularity, especially in rural areas like this one in southeast Kenya. And many parents and teachers, Mr. Kaloki most vocal among them, are pushing for a return to the days when students were legally kept in line with a switch." By Marc Lacey, N.Y. Times Link to Article (last visited 6-4-06 NVS)