Jamaica’s Education Minister Wants an End to Corporal Punishment


KINGSTON, Jamaica, Friday December 7, 2018 – Minister of Education, Youth and Information Senator Ruel Reid has called for a cultural shift to eliminate the practice of corporal punishment in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean.

“Corporal punishment is so entrenched in our culture and interwoven in our society that it has been accepted as a norm for many families and at a point in time in our schools. We have been able to repel that in large measure,” he said as he addressed the closing ceremony of the second Regional Caribbean Conference of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN).

“I join the Prime Minister, the National Parenting Support Commission [NPSC] and, of course, the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and…

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