Despite Denials, Corporal Punishment Continues

Physical punishment is rampant in both private and public schools across the district

Published: 27th January 2014 09:58 AM  |   Last Updated: 27th January 2014 09:58 AM   |  A+A-


Though officials claim that they are taking all measures to check  ‘corporal’ or ‘physical’ punishment both in government schools as well as private schools, students are being subjected to physical punishment at several schools in Krishna district.

While the cases of corporal punishment in government schools are seeing light of the day, nobody knows about such incidents in private schools as the school managements either threaten the parents of the students or negotiate compromise with them not to make things public.

In a recent instance, a 4th class student, Dasari Rajaprasad of Kondavaram  government upper primary school (UPS) near Kuchipudi, was caned by a teacher, Tummala Srilakshmi. When the parents and villagers protested against the ‘cruelty’ of the teacher, she was suspended by the educational department.

Meanwhile, Durga Rao, a teacher working with the Zilla Parishat High School, Vissannapet, was also suspended last year as he hit a 7th class student. It is alleged that he had also thrashed two other students in connection with the incident.

“Though the incidents of physical punishment at the government schools are coming to light, it is not known what is happening at the private schools. My son who is studying 9th class at a private school was slapped by his teacher several times for various reasons, but we never made a complaint against the teacher. Sometimes we too feel that he (student) needs this kind of treatment to keep him in right path,” says a parent, S Narendar of Padavalarevu in Vijayawada.

Though a child rights cell should be set up in each school to facilitate to lodge a complaint related to physical punishment, no school has set such a cell in the district, according to the official sources.

However, psychologists say that corporal punishment leads a child to behave aggressively towards peers and siblings. As adults they are likely to mete out similar treatment to their children. The cycle keeps repeating itself. Corporal punishment leads to adverse psychological consequences. 

When contacted, district education officer (DEO), D Devananda Reddy, said that they would take action against the teachers if they resort to physical punishment to students according to the guidelines under the Right to Education Act.


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