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Jul 2, 2015

Primary School Teachers Look for an Alternative to the Rod

With the removal of physical punishment from primary schools across the country in 2013, there has been a need for administrators and teachers to employ a proactive approach to student discipline.  The overwhelming demand for an alternative to the rod has resulted in an initiative to implement a Positive Behavior Interventions and Support System in schools.  The effort is a response to the abolition of corporal punishment from the Education and Training Act.  Its aim is to build and strengthen teachers’ capacity and resilience by ensuring an ability to create a positive and supportive learning environment and dealing with challenging behavior.  A two-day training workshop for facilitators and teachers commenced today at the Radisson.


Rosalyn Bradley, Educational Consultant

“Well today we are training the trainers who are going to be facilitating the Positive Behavior Management System in the school.  So the people who are getting trained today will be the ones who will make sure that this program is implemented in the schools by working directly with the teachers and working even with the community, working with parents and so on to make sure that behavior management is implemented in our schools.”


Rosalyn Bradley

Isani Cayetano

“How important is behavior management when you deal with students who may be at risk or dealing with the idea of violence on a whole?”


Rosalyn Bradley

“Well one of the things that we know as a society is that a lot of our students are living in violence and experiencing violence, so one of the things that we want to make sure is that the schools become safe havens for these students and so really to downplay violence.  It’s about minimizing the level of violence for students and not really working on discipline or punishment but really to implement systems in place where students can take responsibility for their own behavior.  So it is about encouraging positive behavior and focusing on the things that our students are doing right so that we can encourage them and help them to develop as better individuals who can contribute to society.”

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