Punishment Stories And Types of Punishments For Students

Punishment Stories And Types of Punishments For Students

In Nigeria, the types of punishment in schools are sometimes even bigger than the child’s error. here are some of the most popular ones

Do you ever punish your babies? Many Nigerians believe that parents and teachers who don’t punish children for wrongdoings are spoiling the children. Corporal punishment is common in homes, in schools and in religious organisations. People who believe in enforcing discipline this way say that the threat of punishment can keep children in line. In Nigeria, the types of punishments for students are sometimes even bigger than the child’s error. The internet is rife with too many punishment stories gone wrong.

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Before we explore the different ways authority figures punish children in schools, you should know what corporal punishment really means.

Punishment stories and other types of punishments for students

The Council of Europe describes corporal punishment as any punishment where physical force is used to cause pain or discomfort. This term has Latin origins—the word corporal comes from the Latin word corpus, which means body. Using physical punishment to change a person’s behavior is not a new thing. In fact, people have been doing it from time immemorial.

The different kinds of punishments for students

Flogging isn’t the only kind of corporal punishment used in checking a child’s behaviour. In fact, ever since baby punishment stories started emerging about children being flogged to death by their teachers; school authorities have had to find other ways to inflict pain without actually touching the child.

Generally, these are some of the ways people punish children:

  • Kicking
  • Biting
  • Shaking
  • Slapping
  • Head knock
  • Forcing children to do strenuous exercises for extended periods
  • Forcing children to contort their bodies into painful positions
Why do children get punished in schools?


Not turning in homework or submitting it late


Failing classes


Scoring low marks in tests


Disrespecting a teacher or some other school authority figure

Breaking school rules and regulations

Some types of punishments for students in Nigerian schools

In Nigerian schools, teachers and other authority figures have become very creative when it comes to punishing children. Since the goal is to correct and not to kill, the types of punishments in schools reflect this goal. No school or teacher wants to be in the news for flogging a child to death, so a lot of other painful but non-fatal punishments are used.

Here are some of the punishments:

1. Washing toilets

Public toilets have a reputation for being filthy. School toilets are even dirtier. School children are sometimes made to clean overflowing toilets, after which a teacher would inspect it to make sure the place is spotless. Toilet cleaning duties can last up to a week.

2. Kneel down and raise your hands
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From the primary level to secondary schools, children have to kneel for a number of infractions. Kneeling and putting up arms for a long time can lead to loss of balance, which can make the child struggle to use their muscles to maintain balance.

It is common to find children graduating from secondary school with permanently dark and callused knees from all those years of kneeling.

3. Cutting grass with a blunt cutlass

Most schools have lawnmowers and gardeners to take care of the lawn. But when it is time to set a student straight, teachers usually hand out a not-too-sharp cutlass. Students sometimes have to cut grass in fields the size of a football pitch.

4. Pick pin

pick pin

Pick pin is a painful corporal punishment, but it is one of the most popular types of punishment in schools. The child has to bend over and place their index finger on the ground, their body parallel to the ground, with their feet raised behind them.

Some other kinds of punishments for students in Nigerian schools

5. Carrying desks on their heads

Schools that practice corporal punishment know how to silent students who are rowdy in class. The fact that schools recommend so many textbooks, some of them rather heavy, makes this punishment very effective. This is one of the types of punishment in schools that students dread. Having to stay on their feet with a heavy locker or desk on their heads can make a child stay silent while in class.

6. Sit on the air

Air squats are painful even for the most dedicated gym-goers, but it is even more intense for students who have to hold this position for a long time. This type of punishment in schools usually results in sore muscles and cramps. The student has to stretch out their arms in front of their bodies and then sink into a deep squat as though they are sitting on air. Then they have to hold this position for a long time.

7. Frog jump

Frog jumps are rather common when it comes to types of outdoor punishment in schools. Students are often made to sink into a deep squat and then proceed to leap around like frogs.

8. Flogging is one of the types of punishment in schools

Back when flogging was one of the acceptable types of punishment in schools, teachers were quick to use whips, flexible canes, shoes, belts, pipes, and clothes hangers on children. Nowadays, many schools have outlawed this practice because children have actually died from being flogged.

Types of punishment for students: what’s acceptable and what isn’t?

Some countries like Sweden have made corporal punishment illegal in the country. Some schools in Nigeria—especially the private schools—have warned teachers against hitting their wards. If a child does something contrary to what is allowed in the school rules and regulations, they can get weeks of suspension instead.

There are many disadvantages of corporal punishment. Some of these bad effects can last a lifetime. Schools can use alternative punishment that won’t result in physical pain.

The Council of Europe


Also Read: Corporal punishment: should you spare the rod and spoil the child?

Written by

Julie Adeboye