Harsh lesson in authority

RE: THE article in the Evening News about the number of teachers having to take sick leave due to stress.

What an utter disgrace this is, but hardly surprising is it?

After all, kids now have total immunity against discipline and corporal punishment, thanks to the insidious Human Rights Act.

There was no such meddling in our schools when I was young.

Classes were orderly, kids knew there was a boundary and if any pupil was foolish enough to overstep the mark, they knew that, as sure as night follows day, their misbehaviour would be swiftly followed up with a clip round the ear, a slipper very skilfully applied to the backside, or a trip to the Head’s office for the cane across the hand.

Teachers were therefore, able to do the job they were paid to do, that is, teach without the threat of violence and intimidation from their charges. Stress was not a part of the job in those days.

What is needed is the abolition of the Human Rights Act and the reinstatement of proper discipline and corporal punishment.

Then, and only then, can the problems in our education system even start to be addressed and this will benefit both the teachers and their pupils.

Trisha Scott

West Park Terrace