Cane you believe it?

17th July 2009 at 01:00

First came the mildly disturbing news last year that more than 20 per cent of teachers want the cane reinstated in UK schools, according to a TES survey, in the hope that it would put a stop to bad behaviour.

In Malaysia, one judge is threatening the rod in the hope that it will deter violent criminals. When Muhammad Syafiq Abdul Wahab, 20, pleaded guilty last month to brandishing a knife while stealing a pupil's mobile phone, the judge decided that he should be whipped with a rattan cane 10 times.

Unwilling to miss out on the fun, the judge insisted that he would carry out the sentence himself in court. At this stage, the Malaysian court felt obliged to step in, telling the judge that the sentence was inappropriate.

Should they change their mind, there are several British teachers who would step forward.

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