BY A STAFF REPORTER
A PROTEST is to be sent
schoolmasters to Mr. Gordon Walker, Minister of Education, about the way he has pttt his views on corporal punishment to local education
authorities and teachers. This was decided last week by the executive of the National Association of Headmasters,
Britain's second largest teachers' union.
A spokesman for the association said last week: "The association claims that proper consultation has not taken place. and that the result has been confusion. A crisis has been provoked in Cardiff, due directly to lack of consultation with the teachers' unions.
"Our association will defend the right of schoolmasters to act, as would sensible parents. in dealing with serious misbehaviour. 1 he law of the land sanctions the administering of 'reasonable' corporal punishment by parents and teachers."
Mr. T. A. Casey, the association's general secretary, said after the executive meeting: "I am getting in touch with the Secretary of State to arrange a deputation as soon as possible in order to clear up this muddle." Mr. Fred Jarvis, secretary of the National Union of Teachers, said they were sending a deputation to Mr. Gordon Walker. There was strong feeling about his failure to consult the unions.
Cardiff teachers face suspension over their refusal to obey a "no caning" rule in junior schools imposed by the city council's education committee.
Corporal punishment is to be forbidden in Britain's special schools for handicapped children, numbering about 700, Mr. Gordon Walker said last week. One circular has already gone out drawing attention to his Commons statement last December in which he said corporal punishment should disappear in all schools.
• This month's issue of Westminster Catholic Schools' Diocesan Notes says corporal punishment is "increasingly deprecated by teachers." The writer adds: "But . . . many teachers still hold that in some circumstances they would be in an impossible position if they were forbidden to use a reasonable amount of force by way of correction and if pupils knew they were so forbidden.
"This was the view expressed in the note of reservation in the Plowden Report . . . The use of corporal punishment for handicapped children should now cease entirely."