Scrapping the strap – A good thing or bad for children?

Spare the rod and spoil the child? 25 years after corporal punishment was abolished the debate still rages

THIS week marks a quarter of a century since the strap and cane were taken out of the Northern Irish school system.

Much to the delight of pupils but concern of teachers, corporal punishment officially became a thing of the past on August 15 1987 when it became illegal to cane or strap their pupils.

Twenty five years on and the debate still continues over whether the removal of the strap was a good thing or bad. On one end of the argumentative spectrum, the education system has flourished with more students than ever opting for A-Levels and university.

On the other, traditionalists claim that society as a whole has suffered with the scrapping of corporal punishment.

To mark the 25th anniversary of the end of slapping in schools, the Strabane Chronicle spoke to two former teachers about their own school days and their recollection of the cane.


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