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Corporal punishment in homes and schools

Caning is still an acceptable form of discipline in Singapore's homes, but there could be a fine line between caning and child abuse. PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG
Caning is still an acceptable form of discipline in Singapore's homes, but there could be a fine line between caning and child abuse. PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG

This is a special Straits Times resource for junior college and pre-university students, as part of The Straits Times-Ministry of Education National Current Affairs Quiz outreach.

This week, The Big Quiz looks at issues surrounding crime and punishment, specifically corporal punishment.

WHAT IS THIS?
Corporal punishment is the inflicting of physical pain as punishment for undesirable behaviour. Often, it is carried out on children or teens by their schools, parents or guardians. It also includes caning as part of a jail sentence. In Singapore, only male offenders under the age of 50 can be caned. 

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