“As in much of Africa and Asia, corporal punishment of children was promoted and institutionalised across the Caribbean during the colonial period, in the context of military occupation and slavery, in the development of early school and penal systems, and in some Christian missionary teaching.
The legality of corporal punishment across the region has its origins in the laws of colonising European countries. This is visible in the provisions allowing for “reasonable punishment” in the laws of many Caribbean nations…
In the parts of the Caribbean which were colonised by Britain, not only was brutal treatment of slaves, including corporal punishment, sanctioned by law, but the legal system was designed to legitimise slavery…”
– excerpt from Prohibiting corporal punishment of children in the Caribbean, Progress Report 2012, Following up the UN Secretary General’s Study on Violence against Children
Article 9 of Guyana’s Criminal Law Act of 1894 states “the right of the guardian or teacher of a child to administer reasonable and proper punishment to the child”.
Just so we’re clear on where we get it from.