Although corporal punishment was officially banned here 12 years ago, some schools still condone the practice. Now it seems some parents do as well.
When a clandestinely filmed video of a female teacher caning a student was posted online last week, it should have drawn howls of outrage. Instead the clip received more positive than negative responses.
One interpretation is that some parents are content to let teachers discipline their children for them. Another is that a recent well-publicised surge in behavioural problems among students has created a backlash among the public. Both interpretations have merit.
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