Ministry reaffirms stand on corporal punishment

Update: 4:49PM THE Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation’s stand on the issue of corporal punishment remains clear as it does not condone it.

of Social Welfare director Rupeni Fatiaki said the ministry believed that
positive discipline is the approach needed to be taken to the communities where
every parent can be taught how to raise their children in a positive

“There is a
difference between punishment and discipline, children are often punished for
their wrong doing, and this most of the times were carried out of frustration,”
he said.

discipline seeks to correct the adverse behavior whereby children also learn
why such behavior is not encouraged and a rewarded for their good behavior.”

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