Taking Student Protection to the Next Level: Are the Alternatives to Corporal Punishment Effective?
Kirema, Joseph Mwenda
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This study investigated factors influencing effectiveness of alternative discipline strategies to corporal punishment in secondary schools in Imenti North District, Kenya. The study utilized descriptive survey design. Stratified sampling technique was used to select 286 participants including 52 teachers and 234 students from 13 schools in the District. Data was collected using questionnaires for the teachers and students. Mixed methods involving qualitative and quantitative techniques were used to analyze the data. The major finding was that majority of teachers (80%) believe that alternatives to corporal punishment are only rarely or occasionally effective. 55% of teachers have no training on alternatives to corporal punishment whose prevalence was reported by 88% of the students. In addition, 59% of teachers proposed reinstatement of corporal punishment in schools. It is recommended that Kenya’s Ministry of Education strictly enforces the law and makes in-service and training mandatory among practicing teachers and education students respectively.