This study examined the parental and teachers attitude towards the use of corporal punishment in primary schools in Ikere  Local Government Area of Ekiti State, this research was carried out among the parents and teachers. Forty (40) teachers and twenty (20) parents from five (5) primary schools were used for the study through the random sample selection. Questionnaires were use to gathered information from the respondents. The questionnaires were analyzed and interpreted using simple percentage. Based on the result of the research, it was revealed that Corporal punishment is different from physical abuse on frequency and severity. It has also been noted that corporal punishment has the ability to deter, control deviance and also reinforce. However, it was also established that even the recommended corporal punishment can easily slip into physical abuse. Deviance has also been linked to cultural orientation of the pupils. It was recommended that when teachers and school heads carry out redirection, discipline or punishment, they must include an explanation of why a particular behaviour is unacceptable and what behaviour is acceptable. Also, Offenders too can be given unpleasant work such as washing of toilet, with this they will feel irritated and will not be willing to commit such an offence is future to avoid the unpleasant experience instead of caning pupils all the time. Lastly, It was believed that both parents and teachers joined hands together to curb indiscipline acts in school, therefore, it was believe that indiscipline will be minimized.


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Table of contents

CHAPTER ONE: Introduction

Background of the Study

Statement of the Problems

Purpose of the Study

Research Question

Significance of the Study

Scope of the Study

Definition of Terms

CHAPTER TWO: Review of the Related Literature

Types of Corporal Punishment

Guideline in Imposing Corporal Punishment in School

Justification and Criticism of School Corporal Punishment

Corporal Punishment and School Pupils Retention

Effects of Corporal Punishment on Student

Corporal Punishment and Cognitive Development

Why School Corporal Punishment should be Banned

CHAPTER THREE: Research Methodology

Research Design

Population of the Study

Sample and Sampling Techniques

Research Instrument

Validity of the Instrument

Reliability of the Instrument

Method of Administration of Instrument

Method of Data Analysis

CHAPTER FOUR: Results and Discussion


Discussion of Findings

CHAPTER FIVE: Summary, Conclusion and Recommendations

Summary                                                                                 Conclusion








Background to the Study

Punishment is the act of administering disciplinary action for a misconduct. It is an attempt to re-establish control. It can also be defined as the application of aversive stimulus to elicit a positive response. It is the presentation of unpleasant stimulus after a reduced frequency of the emission of the behaviour. This could be before reprimand, rebuke or physical beating. Punishment and disciplines are confused and used interchangeably, most especially when teachers in school and parents at home are trying to instill some normalcy in the two systems.

Corporal Punishment on the other hand is stated as punishment inflicted on the body usually confined to flogging or similar infliction of bodily pain. The term is synonymously used with discipline and the use of cane, not only at school, but home as well. Most countries insist that corporal punishment should be administered with the knowledge of the head teacher. The punishment should be reasonable and should be recorded. The new teachers should refer make to the head teachers to punish erring pupils.

Teachers and parents often use punishment to instill discipline in the school and at homes. The rationale behind this is that:

(a)  Punishment comes as a result of a breach of set rules and regulations.

(b) Punishment is usually inflicted by the people charged with authority over others. On the other hand, discipline is not necessarily pain or unpleasant or a discomfort and may not emanate from these position of authority.

(c)  Punishment usually involves an intentional infliction of pains or a form of discomfort or unpleasantness on the offender.

The issue of corporal punishment can be traced back to the Greek period when the use of bodily pain feature nakedly in their education system, most especially in sporran. Spartan youths were exposed to real beating not only when they disobeyed or misbehaved but as a sort of training, so that they can adapt to any circumstance. The youths surrendered themselves for severe flogging and prize were awarded to anybody who could endure the greatest lashes without altering a word.

This same practice also featured in Ancient Roman schools, where severe flogging of pupils was used. Corporal punishment is also emphasized in Christian religion. In proverb chapter “ 29 verse 17 in the bible, it is written “chastise your son, and he will give you rest yes, he will give delight to your soul” verse is of the same chapter says “the rod and rebuke give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother” it is then neither an understatement when we say the advent of corporal punishment can be linked with the period of the introduction of formal education by the Christian missionaries to most part  of Africa, since the gospel they preached emphasized the use of cane as important aspect of discipline.

The use of cane is not restricted to Christians alone, it is also used in non-Christians homes. It is widely accepted that to bring up proper and responsible children the rod must not be spared. The cane too was formerly used in British public schools until it was banned by law in the 2nd half of 20th century. The same thing is applicable to Russia as early as 1945. It is the only way by which the teacher can control his students and that it is only the fear of cane that can stop the undesirable behavioral pattern of any child. Some parents plead is that teachers should not spare the rod in the training of their young ones. They are willing to and often do go further in surrendering all the children life into their hands. This reveals how parents greatly believe that only the use of cane could train their children reform them from bad behaviors.

The cane continued to be in use almost all parts of the country without the government intervention. Early in 1977, when indiscipline acts among primary students reached the highest peak, the Nigerian military government with the leadership of Major General Olusegun Obasanjo (Retired) concluded that soldiers should be posted to schools so as to maintain discipline in our institutions, this action generated some controversies from the public which some were against and some were in support.

The then Ekiti State Ministry of Education Circular of 12th April, 1976 also support the use of corporal punishment, the circular reads this: The ministry feels very concerned about the re-current increased of lawlessness, the severity of some of the offences committed was such that perpetrated by student, the culprits it found guilty would have merited some years of imprisonment under the normal court procedure. To stem this have therefore, the ministry has decided to tighten disciplinary procedures as indicate penalties for serious offences that may be committed in the future.

Some who are not in support of the use of corporal punishment often argue that it is not a good corrective measures as it can create fear in the mind of the learners, there by hinders pupils learning. Also, that after much canning, it will eventually get to a stage where the child is used to being canned and he no longer fear the teacher since he has already known that the teachers can not kill but cane. Those who are still in support cherish the saying “spare the rod and spoil the child” inferring from the references, we could see that a lot of emphasizes is placed on the cane as a means of control.

In this study, corporal punishment will be restricted to canning, beating flogging and whipping and not just any form of punishment which may come in form of depriving or frustration imposed by one person or another. For Example depriving a child of food for a wrong deed like telling lies or stealing.

Statement of the Problem

The issue of corporal punishment is a controversial one. Many believe it should be totally eradicated on school disciplinary measure while others argue in supports of it as a, means of bringing stubborn students to order.

This issue of whether corporal punishment should be eradicated from the school disciplinary measure or not constituted the problem of this study.

Purpose of the Study

It is also to examine the parents and teachers attitudes towards the use of corporal punishment in primary schools in Ikere Local government area of Ekiti State.

It is also to compare teachers’ attitude to that of parents on the question of using cane in primary institution Ikere – Ekiti Local Government of Ekiti- State.

The investigation wishes to infer from the responses of the teachers and parents if there is any relationship in their thoughts about the use cane.

Research Questions

          The following research questions were raised for the study:

  1. Has corporal punishment got psychological and emotional effects on learning activities?
  2. Can corporal punishment leave indelible scars on the body of pupils?

iii.            Is there any significance difference in parents and teachers thought about the use of corporal punishment?

  1. Has the use of corporal punishment have any adverse effects on learning processes?

Significance of the Study

The result of this study will give the government an insight into parental and teachers attitude towards the use of corporal punishment in primary schools in Ikere local government area of Ekiti State. This will enable the government to decide whether to re-introduce corporal punishment officially or cancel it totally. It will also educate parents and teachers on the corporal punishment. The study will examine whether the use or abolition of corporal punishment has any effect on the teaching learning process. Lastly to recommend to the school administrators and teachers, the best way of handing disciplinary problems in Nigerian primary school apart from corporal punishment.

Scope of the Study

Due to the limited time, this study is restricted to only five primary schools, twenty parents and forty teachers randomly selected in from different areas of the local government, six teachers are selected in each of the schools and are given questionnaire  according to their teaching qualification and year of experience. Also six parents are chosen from each school also.

The schools are listed below;

  1. Holy Trinity Nursery and Primary School, Ikere – Ekiti
  2. All Saints Nursery and Primary School, Ikere – Ekiti
  3. Love of Trinity Academy Nursery and Primary School, Ikere – Ekiti
  4. Methodist Nursery and Primary School, Ikere – Ekiti
  5. God’s Glory Nursery and Primary School, Ikere – Ekiti

Definition of Terms

  1. PUNISHMENT: Causes somebody suffering or discomfort for wrong doing.
  2. ATTITUDE: means way of feeling, thinking or behaving.
  3. CORPORAL PUNISHMEMT: is defined as something that hurts, influenced by one person in the form of bodily pain.
  4. WARD: Division of a local government area.


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