How to strengthen the use of positive discipline tools in schools

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In order to create a serien school environment for learners, the Ghana Education Service (GES) has initiated the Safe Schools Programme as part of efforts aimed at making pre-tertiary schools in the country safe and secured for teaching and learning.

As a result, staff of GES have been directed to adopt the Positive Discipline toolkit as the only measure for correcting misbehaviour of learners in schools.

These measures, according to GES are spelt out in the Positive Discipline Toolkit and the Head Teachers’ Handbook (Appendix 2) in dealing with all discipline issues among children.

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In strengthening the use of positive discipline tools, the Ghana Education Service noted that, no one should adopt the corporal punishment, school violence, bullying, sexual harassment, etc method as a form of correcting the child when he or she goes wrong.

Teachers are admonished to adopt the positive discipline approach to correct the misbehaviour of learners.

Positive discipline is an approach to teaching and/or engagement that helps children to succeed, respects their right to healthy development, protection from violence, and active participation in their learning.

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Some positive discipline strategies teachers can use to help children listen, learn and grow are:

a. Use positive reinforcement.

b.  Give logical consequences.

c. Focus on the action, not the person.

d. Avoid giving too many reminders.

e. Make power struggles into choices.

Management of the Ghana Education Service has strongly advised against the continued use of corporal punishment in schools and entreat teachers to comply with the earlier directives.

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GES added that, they will not hesitate to apply the relevant sanctions consistent with the provisions of the revised Code of Conduct for staff of the Ghana Education Service as contained in the Collective Agreement signed by Pre-tertiary teacher Unions and GES, should this directive be ignored.

SOURCE: Coverghana.com.gh

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