The Kenyan government banned corporal punishment (canning) in Kenyan schools in 2001 and enacted the Children’s Act (Government of Kenya, 2001) which entitles children to protection from all forms of abuse and violence.

Kenya is also a signatory to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (United Nations, 1990) which states that discipline involving violence is unacceptable.

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In spite of this, the use of corporal punishment continues to thrive in Kenyan schools.

Studies have found that canning children (and those who watch the beatings) makes them timid.

Canning also causes children to lose self-confidence, have magnified guilt feelings, and exhibit various anxiety symptoms.

Because of fear, the nurturing of open communication, so vital to effective education, is severely affected in Kenyan schools.

A video showing Kenyan teachers savagely canning primary school pupils has caused an uproar in the country.


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Kenyans have reacted angrily to the footage’s content, which has since gone viral on social media.

Some are calling for the concerned teachers to be arrested and sacked from the teaching profession.

See the video below:


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