International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Perceptions of Teachers of the School Suspension Program in Ghanaian High Schools
Isaac Rowland Aklamanu

Suspension is a form of punishment used by schools in which students who have disobeyed the rules in schools are not allowed to attend school for a specific number of days. Research suggests that suspension is ineffective and can lead to further social problems, such as drug use and other societal crimes. In Ghana, educators have been seeking out solutions to curtail the behavioral issues within the classroom and among students. This study briefly examined the perceptions of teachers of a school suspension program in a Ghanaian school. Based on semistructured interviews of eleven Ghanaian individuals at Midwest University, the results revealed that suspending by sending students home does not improve behaviors and students rather respond positively to corporal punishment as a way of positive behavior modification. The descriptive qualitative results and educational implications are discussed.

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