NPSC conducting survey on corporal punishment

Kaysia Kerr, CEO of the National Parenting Support Commission
The National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC) is undertaking a survey on corporal punishment.
Chief Executive Officer Kaysia Kerr said the survey will assist the commission to better understand why parents use corporal punishment to discipline their children.
"...Our responsibility is to ensure that parents get on board. We need to start the conversations, we have started the training... I'm looking forward to seeing what the surveys will reveal so we can also know what other supportive programmes we need to put in place to help parents," she declared while speaking Thursday morning on TVJ's Smile Jamaica programme.
Ms Kerr said it is important to start the re-education process in homes before receiving the findings of the survey since a mindset change will be impossible to achieve overnight. 
"When you're used to doing something for a particular way for so long, it takes a while for you to even understand and appreciate where we're going."
"There's just too much aggression out there, and we're saying corporal punishment is a violent act...and if we can start there and agree, then we can start to show now the correlations between what's happening at home and what's happening in the society," she asserted.  
Her comments come in the wake of Prime Minister Andrew Holness's warning to school officials to not engage in corporal punishment.
He said it is inhumane and could result in students becoming violent adults.
The Prime Minister has said the government is committed to not only ban corporal punishment in schools, but generally in the society, so that it is no longer an option.
Several agencies of government have been conducting training workshops aimed at discouraging the behaviour in homes.

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