Education Expert warns Teachers against flogging Children as Tobi’s School holds 1st Debate (See Video)

By Daniel Ayantoye

An education expert, Mrs. Oluwatoyin Babalola has called on Teachers to desist from flogging children in a bid to discipline them.

Babalola made the call in an interview with CAMPUS FOCUS at the 1st Debate and Public Speaking Competition organised by Tobi International Group of School, Jericho in Ibadan on Thursday

According to her, flogging a child will not only instill fear but it’s also dangerous for the schools as a result of individual emotional differences.

“On corporate purnishment for me, it’s an absolute No, No. There are ways of purnishing children. Physical assault is what I call this. What you are instilling in a child is fear, nothing else. But when you teach a child to know what is right from wrong, they will know, there is reward and purnishment.

“You don’t need to physically assault a child in order to train.

While reciting the holy Bible, Mrs Babalola who also is the Chief Executive Officer of Tobi International School, maintained that the responsibility of flogging a child should be left with the parent.

“For mummy and daddy at home, it is perfectly alright because the bible says ‘spare the rod and spoil the child’. But in school situation, infact it is very dangerous because we are all coming to school wth our own issues and problems, we can transfer aggression or anger to the children we are trying to discipline, that is why for me, it is absolutely no. I think we should leave the flogging aspect to the parents.

“You can punish a child in different ways. You can make them to do something they do not enjoy doing.” She added.

While Speaking on the performance of the participants of the Debate and Public speaking competition, Babalola expressed satisfaction and confidence in the ability of the speakers to drive home their point of aguement.

“Am so proud of all the students performance. They did excellently well. I have my personal believe on the subject matter but they were able to persuade me. “We have young lawyers in our midst and am so proud of them. They did fantastic Job all through.” She said.

The competition which Centrered on the topic: “Corporate Punishment” had participants from some schools in the state that keenly contested for their positions.

At the end of the Competition, Kindercare Nursery and Primary School with Tayo Emmanuel as representative scored 40 points emerging as 1st position, Lead City Nursery and Primary School represented by Zahara Euba came 2nd with 31 points.

Others are Debby Private School represented by Afowowe Shallom got 3rd position with 26 points while Women Improvement Society Nursery and Primary school represented by Unman Suleiman went home with 4th position having 25 points.

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