Hello everyone. Back to
the times when we were still in primary or secondary school. I’m sure we all
have been punished by the teachers using a cane if we do something wrong such
as being too noisy or even forgot to submit our homework. Some teachers feels
that such punishment needs to be used to form a good discipline in the students
so that they will not repeat the mistake again. However, I strongly believe
that using canning should not be used as a form of punishment for students.
There are three good reasons to support my opinion. It can harm the students,
it can be a form of abuse and also can lower the students will to study more.
First, let’s consider
the painess it will bring to the students. Sometimes, the teachers can be too
emotional when they can the students especially when the teachers are under
stress due to the problems that are completely unrelated to the students at
all. When they are affected by their own personal problem, they can bring
harmness to the student. This was shown by a case back in July 2017 when a
media reported that a student in Chinese primary school were canned 12 times
just because she was accused of late in paying her for parent-teacher
association’s fee. Why should such punishment be executed when the problem are
beyond the student’s power? Mohamed Fadzil, who is also an expert in psychology
and counselling, said although caning served as a disciplinary tool, guidelines
should be formulated to ensure fairness for all the parties concerned.
Now let’s think about
the punishment in form of abusement. According to the National Defence
University of Malaysia Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Student Affairs and Alumni),
Asso Prof Dr Mohamed Fadzil Che Din, Caning is allowed in Islam to educate and
discipline children, but psychologically, caning can lead to emotional and
physical distress if it is abused. Just as I mentioned before, when the
teachers are affected by their own personal problem, they can lash out their
stress and angriness towards the student without they even realized it. And
when they realized it, the students may be already be in too much pain. Some
cases in Malaysia already reported that some students was submitted to the
hospital for treatment after they were can by their teacher. Such action can be
considered as a form of abuse or even bullying. Parent Action Group for
Education Malaysia (Page) chairman, Datin Noor Azimah Abdul Rahim, said Page
supports Unicef’s call.”Even if it is merely to scare a child, caning is
considered inhumane. It is a form of psychological bullying,” she said.
Finally, a third reason
to support my opinion is that caning can lower the student’s will to study.
After they were punish, this can make the students to be embarrassed especially
if they were can in front of their friends. This is because their student will
teased them afterwards. This can lower their spirits to study more especially
if they were punish for the problem that they were not guilty of. Caning also
could scar children emotionally for life. They can be traumatized especially if
they were beaten too much with the can. Some students can also be under stress
and hence, stop coming to school as they feel like school can no longer provide
a safe environment for them.
In closing, I hope I’ve
shown you why students should not be can in school. As you’ve heard today, it
can harm the students, be an abusement towards the children and also bring down
the student’s spirit to study. I strongly urge you to carefully think about
this and consider mu argument for yourself and also for the world. Thank you.