Cape Town - Perceptions of corporal punishment by children – giving recognition to their voices as potential victims of such punishment despite it being banned in South African schools in 1996 – were evaluated by Dr Londeka Ngubane in her thesis for a PhD in Criminology.
“Corporal punishment does not achieve what it intends to, and its use has become obsolete in democratic societies. Schools are meant to be safe places where learners can fulfil their educational needs,” said Ngubane.
“However, the problems that emanate from the persistent use of corporal punishment not only perpetuate the cycle of child abuse, they impact negatively on academic performance and perpetuate a culture of violence in our vulnerable societies,” she said.
Ngubane was awarded a scholarship from the National Research Foundation (NRF) for her research. Such funding is awarded to full-time masters and doctoral candidates to pursue research studies in all areas of science, engineering, technology, social sciences and humanities, including priority research areas at South African public universities.
“The scholarship was a great help as I was able to use it when travelling to present at local conferences,” she said.