Aswat Masriya (Cairo)

15 October 2012

Egypt: Coalition Sues Education Minister for Approving Corporal Punishment in Schools

The Coalition for Children's Rights submitted a lawsuit to Egypt's general prosecutor against the education minister for allowing corporal punishment in schools.

Education Minister Ibrahim Ghonim said on a tour in Gharbiya on Sunday that he approves of the "carrot and stick approach" in schools, "as long as the beating is not severe and no stick is used".

The coalition considered the approach a violation of Egypt's child rights law of 2008 which forbids violence and abuse against children in schools where offenders are punished by jail sentence of not less than six months.

The coalition stressed on the importance of ensuring children's rights in the new constitution by forbidding all forms of violence and abuse, calling for the prosecution of the minister for encouraging violating the law.

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