suspending students who misbehaved. The students who have been punish can then continue his or her learning, unlike suspension from school when they miss school time and their education is ruined. The author said that physical punishment is a short-term method of punishment that can be quickly administered at home or at school. For example, a student may stop talking and disrupting a class for a while if the teacher spanks him. The teacher can then go back to teaching without taking too much time managing a student’s behaviour. My next point is other method of discipline such as scolding them and saying no is ineffective at some point. When you are trying to discipline a two-year-old, there comes a time at that age when no disciplinary method really works well. Any technique that is repeated through times including spanking and physical punishment, will eventually get through the child. For instance, it can be useful to smack a two-year-old child quickly who is screaming unecessarily rather than asking and telling them to stop. My third point is based on the article I have read. The author explains that physical punishment is cost effective meaning it can cost less. In the case of parental and school physical punishment, only a ruler, a paddle or a belt are required. Prof Dr Rosna Awang Hashim, believes that a “light strike” or “gentle pat” to discipline a child is acceptable. For instance, the teacher can pat using a ruler, but it should not be done in front of other students. This may affect their self-esteem and confidence level. Children these days grow up fast. Even at a tender age, they already feel they have a reputation among their peers. In Islam, a father is allowed to hit his daughter, even after she has come of age – provided that it is done to discipline her, and not committed out of anger or malice. Light caning is acceptable, but not to the extent of leaving scars. The punishment can inflict pain but should not be excessive. Schools with limited finances and resources use physical punishment as a more cost-effective method of discipline. That’s all from my point of view.
SCRIPT (Hamizah binti Kawi 2019587033) Character: Lawyer from Tang Brother Advocates Thank you miss moderator. Disciplining a child is a necessary part of parenthood. Although physical or corporal, punishment is illegal in places such as Sweden. Sweden was the first country to ban physical punishment of children in 1979. A 2009 review of the 30 years since the ban, showed that physical punishment declined consistently. In 2014, a Malaysian husband and wife were jailed by a Swedish court for smacking and caning their children. The case has led some Malaysians to wonder whether they rely too much on corporal punishment. The law does not exactly say that caning is illegal, but if you look at our current Child Act 2001, Section 31, a person can be fined up to RM20,000 or jailed 10 years or both if found guilty of ‘abuses, neglects, abandons or exposes the child in a manner likely to cause him physical or emotional injury’. To be more specific, the Child Act defines physical injury as
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- Corporal punishment in the home, caning, School corporal punishment