Journal of Education & Social Policy

ISSN 2375-0782 (Print) 2375-0790 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/jesp

A Critical Evaluation of the Current Implementation of Learner Disciplinary Strategies of Principals in State Secondary Schools of Mauritius: A Case Study
Dr Louis Jinot Belle

Learner discipline is a major school problem in the state secondary schools of Mauritius. This study examines the current disciplinary strategies that principals are implementing and attempts to determine the extent to which they are effective. Qualitative data were collected from principals, educators, learners, parents and superintendents in four selected state secondary schools by using focus-group interviews, individual interviews and non-participant observation. By using content analysis, it was found that principals are implementing reactive and punitive strategies that are ineffective. Discipline is viewed from the custodial perspective. There should be a shift to the humanistic perspective and punishment-based disciplinary approaches are not recommended.

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