Education matters: Corporal punishment contributing to increasing dropouts

Published: August 12, 2011

School principal arrested for humiliating two students, painting their faces black and parading them atop donkeys.

The dropout ratio in public schools is increasing because of the frequent use of physical punishment, said a press release issued by SPARC in Peshawar on Thursday.

Corporal punishment has negative effects on children’s psychology and personality. Harsh, punitive environment is destructive to growth and learning.

The provincial government should take measures to impose a ban on corporal punishment in schools, religious institutions and workplaces, said Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (SPARC) Programme Manager Imran Takkar in the press release.

He said that 41 cases of corporal punishment were reported from January to June.

He added that because of the fear of corporal punishment, students often escape from schools and contributes to the increasing dropout rates.

Students should be taught in a friendly manner, as it not only increases their interest in studies, but also has positive influences on their personalities.

The press release added that SPARC had observed that physical punishment was more prevalent in state-run institutions as compared to private institutions.

Takkar called upon the government to take pragmatic steps and impose ban on corporal punishment in learning institutions and make legislation in this regard.

He also demanded the government to take action against the teachers involved in physically punishing their students.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 12th, 2011.

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