Psychological violence in schools against students or learners is not new Ghana. Many from the past to the present have been victims. Teachers’ negative psychological effects on a school child can have a long-lasting effect on the learner.
All manner of actions such as intimidation, insults, teasing, harassing, threatening, snubbing and discriminating against any child by virtue of his or her race, colour, gender and other related behaviours harm learners and emotionally derails them in many aspects of life.
Students have lost hope, others have felt they are not good, some have had their dreams shattered because of comments teacher passed which had negative effects on them.
Below are the rules by GES to guide the actions of teachers to ensure they are not only aware of the psychological violence acts, statements and behaviours that the teaching profession frowns on in Ghana.
Psychological violence of teachers on students
No act of a staff shall have a negative psychological effect on a school child. Therefore, no staff in the course of duty shall intimidate, insult, tease, harass, threaten, snub or discriminate against any child.
An employee shall not use the physical challenge of children to intimidate or ridicule them.
A staff shall not by any means or action compel students into activities of which they do not have a clear understanding.
No employee shall deliberately isolate or ignore any child.
The staff shall advice against early marriage and support children continuing their education.
No employee shall emotionally manipulate a child to the staff’s advantage.
No staff shall send a child out of class for absenteeism or lateness.
An employee shall show maximum consideration for feeling and circumstances of learners.
The staff shall control his/her utterances in order not to threaten with cruel and degrading punishment or hurt the pupil/student.
An employee will intervene to stop a pupil/student from perpetrating psychological abuse upon another pupil/student.
A staff shall intervene to stop a fellow employee from perpetrating psychological abuse upon another pupil/student.