GES lists current forms of bullying in Schools

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Students on punishment
Students on punishment

The Director-General Professor Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa-led Ghana Education Service (GES) has listed the current forms of bullying in schools across Ghana.

GES noted that, most of their staff thought that bullying, corporal and inhumane punishment of students are the best measures of disciplinary actions to control the behavior of students in the school environment.

In a statement, management of the Ghana Education Service said, most students/learners are being subjected to violence in schools which results in humiliation, damages or injury or physical torture.

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According to them, some teachers and students even use bullying as a form of punishment to settle scores (retaliation) especially amongst peers.

What is Bullying? 

The Ghana Education Service explains bullying as the use of physical, psychological or direct verbal means, either individually or in a group, to cause physical or psychological distress to others.

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FORMS OF BULLYING IN SCHOOLS

The Ghana Education Service has outlined the following forms of bullying in Schools in Ghana. 

1. PHYSICAL BULLYING

a. Hitting/punching
b. Kicking
c. Pushing
d. Strangling
e. Pulling of body parts eg. Ears, dress, nose etc.
f. Spitting on

2. VERBAL BULLYING

a. Insulting
b. Hooting
c. Teasing
d. Labelling
e. Names calling
f. Threats

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3. NON-VERBAL BULLYING

a. Facial expression
b. Gestures/using offensive signs

4. RELATIONAL BULLYING

a. Discrimination
b. Stigmatization
c. Rejection
d. Spreading of rumours
e. Disrespect
f. Isolation

5. EMOTIONAL BULLYING

a. Isolation
b. Threat and intimidation
c. Lying
d. Ignoring or excessively criticizing
e. Denial of the abuse and blaming of victims.
f. Humiliating

Staff of GES at all levels are cautioned to desist from using any of the above forms of bullying. They are therefore advised to make good use of positive discipline tools in correcting the child.

SOURCE: Coverghana.com.gh

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