Children are more likely to be given a hiding in the Eastern Cape than the rest of South Africa, Statistics SA (StatsSA) said on Thursday.
"The safest place to be a child seems to be the Western Cape," Niel Roux, chief survey statistician, said in Pretoria.
Four percent of pupils in the Western Cape had experienced corporal punishment at school, according to the StatsSA General Household Survey 2011 released on Thursday.
Corporal punishment was most likely in the Eastern Cape, at 30 percent. This was followed by KwaZulu-Natal at 23 percent and the Free State at 22 percent.
The Northern Cape, North West, and Gauteng had all shown declines since the previous survey.
However, there were sharp increases in Limpopo, from nine percent in 2010 to 19 percent in 2011, and the Eastern Cape which had increased from 23 percent in 2010 to 30 percent the next year.
Seventeen percent of pupils nationally had experienced corporal punishment.
StatsSA surveyed around 30,000 households between July and September 2011