I am still dealing with the schools threatening to beat my girls for tardiness or poor grades. (Due to a broken van, they are having to walk to school, which takes them 45 minutes so they are struggling to get to school on time, which is 7 am. Teachers aren't there at that time, of course, but students must be.)
IF I complain, the girls will be hit even more, from what I understand, AND it doesn’t seem to matter which school I put them in. I’m hoping this new school, St. Ninian’s, will be more understanding.
Today I wrote them a letter encouraging more modern types of discipline such as cleaning the school compound, writing compositions about the student’s misbehavior, or time-outs. Hopefully, the teachers will embrace the ideas.
I’ve been doing research today on the topic to see what actually is legal and whatnot. Here’s an interesting article from 1999. http://www.unhcr.org/refworld/publisher,HRW,,KEN,45d1adbc2,0.html
And recently, the law has banned corporal punishment in the new constitution (as of Aug. 2010). http://www.endcorporalpunishment.org/pages/news/kenya-prohibts.html
However, there are NO consequences, that I can find for the schools who still follow their old ways of caning. I’m not sure how change will come about, but I’m hoping that I can at least nudge ONE school in the right direction.
It is my hope that they learn other means of discipline for the precious children of Kenya.