CORPORAL punishment is not the way to go, says Save the Children Fiji CEO Chandra Shekhar.
Mr Shekhar's comment comes in the wake of violence between prominent Suva schools, Marist Brothers' High School and Suva Grammar School.
When asked for his opinion on the matter, he said schools should get to the root of the problem rather than physically punishing students.
"Children do need to be disciplined but not through corporal punishment. We need to address this through positive discipline methods.
"Bringing back corporal punishment will not solve the problem," he said.
Mr Shekhar said using abusive methods of enforcement to attempt to correct behaviour was a mistake.
"Corporal punishment is a form of abuse that should not be permitted.
"In this case one should find out what the root cause of the brawl was and have that matter resolved," he said.
In reference to MBHS principal's comments about transferring a student to another school, Mr Shekhar said: "Transferring the student is merely relocating the problem. We should work towards solving the problem. A transfer will not solve it."