Story: Primary and secondary education

Abolishing corporal punishment

Abolishing corporal punishment

By the 1980s pressure was mounting to abolish the use of the strap and cane – once considered essential to maintain discipline in schools. This cartoon comments humorously on the campaign. Corporal punishment was finally abolished in 1987, and legislated against in 1990.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: B-144-188
Cartoon by Eric Heath

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Primary and secondary education - Teachers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 March 2023)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 20 Jun 2012