‘No’ to corporal punishment, says education commissioner

hit_rulerNow the fear of being cracked by a whip will no longer scare the students from venturing out to go to schools, as a recent judgment on corporal punishment has initiated that where will be disciplinary action taken against schools who still practice it.

Education commissioner Dr Purushottam Bhapkar has instructed all education officials in Mahrasthra to take action against schools that are found guilty. The instructions issued by Bhapkar have been given in a circular dated October 18 where the minister has asked the education officials to immediately take disciplinary action against those schools who have violated the rule.

According to the Right to Free and Compulsory Education, no child shall be subjected to physical punishment or mental harassment.  It states that despite the Right to Free and Compulsory Education rule number 17 (1) and 17 (2) under responsibilities of schools and teachers that no child shall be subjected to physical punishment or mental harassment. Reports of corporal punishments have been noticed in some schools through newspapers.

Stating further that corporal punishment is still prevalent in schools today, Prashant Redij, Mumbai President, Maharashtra Permanent Unaided Schools Association, said: “The instructions might have been sent because of the reports of corporal punishments in some schools. Corporal punishments still exist and not all gets reported. The education officers can take disciplinary action against schools and teachers. However, ever since the no fail policy has come into practice, students have become notorious in the class. We cannot give punish to improve the child. We are expected to be friendly with them.”

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