Corporal punishment

Published: September 12, 2018

TURBAT: A nursery student aged four was rushed to the emergency ward of a hospital after he was brutally clubbed and slapped by his government school teacher in the city of Narowal. The innocent child was playing with his classmates when the teacher forbade him to play. The student wept bitterly and the cruel teacher slapped and clubbed him as punishment. After seeing the critical condition of the child, the teacher fled the scene.

It is saddening to learn that little children are not safe even in schools. Instead of creating an environment of love and care in schools, our schools have teachers who are disproportionately strict and resort to corporal punishment.

Such cases are frequently reported in the print and electronic media — teachers beating students to discipline them. A classmate of mine was also brutally beaten by our teacher at Government Boys High School in Absor.

The government of Pakistan and education departments should take immediate action on the issue to protect the lives of children. Teachers also should realise that Corporal punishment has negative effects on children, so it should be avoided.

Shakeel Phullan

Published in The Express Tribune, September 12th, 2018.

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