| The KFTA distributed 'Guidelines for Corporal Punishment' to schools, as the punishment of students has become a social issue, and some parents have sensitively responded to punishment of their children.
The guidelines recommend the schools to abstain from punishing students, whenever possible, and to observe the procedures and methods stipulated by the school regulations when punishment is inevitable to maintain order in the school community.
The KFTA stressed that the motive (purpose) of punishment must always be educational and that punishment must be used at a minimum level if it is possible to discipline students with other means. It also emphasized that punishment tools and degrees, or corporal punishment must abide by general social customs. In particular, it urged the teachers to keep in mind that emotional punishment could not be justified in any case.
According to the step-by-step approach to punishment accidents, the teacher is advised to write an accident report, based on the six principles of who, when, where, why, what, and how, and submit it to the principal. If the conflict gets worse, the teacher should consult the principal and associate teachers, and ask the KFTA for a counseling regarding the parents' wishes if any. The teacher should also seek a solution or get arbitration through The School Education Conflicts Reconciliation Committee or the KFTA. In particular, if the punishment becomes a criminal case, the teacher is recommended to immediately report to the Educational Authority Counseling Center of the KFTA and get legal assistance from an advisory lawyer. The KFTA also advised the teachers to have a sincere conversation with the punished student as soon as possible after punishment, to appease the student's broken heart.
The KFTA stressed that the teacher should take the student to a doctor right away if he were hurt or felt pains, and that the teacher should get the doctor's diagnosis to confirm the causal relationship just in case. It also recommended that the teacher explain the motive and process of punishment to the parents in detail and get assistance from associate teachers.
The KFTA introduced the guidelines for punishing students, which had been suggested by 2001' Supreme Court's precedents, and demanded cautions about punishment methods that could be hardly accepted by social customs: e.g. emotional punishment without explaining its educational meaning to the student public humiliation in cases where private discipline would have been possible and insults based on the student’s gender, age or personal circumstances.