Year Published: 2015

Authors: Carol Bower, Katy Hindle, Seda Tan and Wessel van den Berg

Publisher: Sonke Gender Justice

Suggested Citation: Bower C, Hindle K, Tan S & Van den Berg W (2015) Appropriate implementation of the prohibition of corporal punishment in schools in South Africa. Sonke Gender Justice. [Policy brief]


This policy brief aims to provide relevant information on corporal punishment in schools to policy-makers, stakeholders and interested parties. It interprets corporal punishment in educational settings in context of international/regional/national documents, discusses current barriers to implementing the prohibition and its consequences on children’s development and finally suggests ways to implement enforcement of the prohibition from a child’s rights perspective.