Chavan claims that the actual number of such cases is much higher than what comes to light. “We keep getting complaints from parents about their children being beaten up or harassed. However, even after knowing about their kids being subjected to corporal punishment, most parents refuse to report the matter to school management or to the education department.”
A 2000 Supreme Court judgment prohibited corporal punishment in all forms in India. The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) also issued guidelines to the education departments of states and various chief secretaries.
Basanti Roy, educationist and former secretary of Maharashtra state board’s Mumbai Division said, “Teachers cannot beat student or humiliate them. I believe a thorough investigation should be done and both sides should be heard. In case the teacher is found guilty, the school must take stringent action against her or him. Parents must also take note if the incidents are serious.”
Discipline is a relative term. Kids always make noise, and are mischevious. To discipline them and stop them from misbehaving, teachers in our school use stories and anecdotes. In serious cases, parents are called to the school and the matter is discussed. To make all this possible, we organise workshops for teachers on a regular basis
Guru Prasad Rege, Trustee, Balmohan Vidyamandir, Dadar
Schools and parents need to work together assume the responsibility of instilling values and discipline in the child. Corporal punishment should not be allowed and strict action should be taken against teachers. No teacher should beat up a child. It is important to understand the root cause so that remedial measures may be taken
Hanif Kanjer, Director, Rustomjee Cambridge International School, Dahisar