Spare the rod, school the child

SPARC calls to end corporal punishment in all district schools.

Ppi November 01, 2010

SIALKOT: A children’s rights NGO, SPARC district coordinator Muhammad Arslan Khan has called for an end to corporal punishment for students in all district schools. Khan said that beating students discouraged them and made them more liable to drop out of school at an early age.

“The world has made great progress and the trend of caning students is no longer an acceptable means of imparting education,” he said. Ending corporal punishment is the only way to encourage children to get an education, Khan said.

Arslan Khan added that corporal involved everything from beating children with sticks, kicking, throwing, pinching and pulling their hair. “All of these constitute a violation of children rights,” he said. Khan revealed that the SPARC child rights committee was committed to ending all forms of corporal punishment in schools.

“It is a pity that even private schools often indulge in this inhuman practice which needs to be stamped out of our society as soon as possible,” he said.

“If we want to encourage more children to attend school, beating them when they fail to remember their lessons is not exactly the way to do it,” Khan added. He said the SPARC was committed to improving the scope of education in Pakistan to make it compatible with international standards and enlightened values.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 1st, 2010.

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Mubarik | 10 years ago | Reply We Pakistanis love Rod whether we are in a mosque, school or any other place. That is why we like military rule and not demon-cracy. Rod is the symbol of authority and must stay to keep ignorant masses and students in check.
muhammad ahmad saad | 10 years ago | Reply Punjab government has already strictly banned all forms of corporal punishment in all the public sector and private schools reaching to more than 64000 in the province in 2005. Strict action is being taken against the teachers found involved in any practice of corporal punishment. Punjab Education Foundation has also forbidden this practice in its more than two thousand partner schools in 29 districts and necessary institutional mechanism is formulated to discourage the practice. It has also set up students’ helpline and Plan-Pakistan is involved to help in formulating the additional institutional system in partner schools. Now the NGOS should also stop maligning the country and support the good initiatives of the government.
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