VISAKHAPATNAM: In yet another incident of corporal punishment, a teacher made two primary class students stand under the scorching sun for three hours, with their shirts removed, just because they failed to do their homework.
Teacher Anil Kumar Raja of Mandal Parishad Primary School at Maradapalem village in Bheemili lost his cool as the students did not do their homework.
The victims, Surya Teja of class IV and Dilip Kumar of class V are siblings. It is said that the boys suffered dehydration and collapsed after standing under the sweltering sun. Their father, who was passing by, spotted the boys standing outside the school with their shirts removed and rebuked the teacher.
He also lodged a complaint with the ward member and village sarpanch against the teacher. The issue was later taken up with mandal education officer (MEO) Saibaba, who intervened and pacified the parents.
The MEO reportedly reprimanded the headmaster and the teacher for their mindless behaviour. He will also submit a report to the district education officer (DEO) recommending for appropriate action.
When contacted, Bheemili police said that they haven’t received any complaint and no police case has been registered. However, sources at the school blamed the parents for telling the teachers to “discipline” their children, as the kids were poor in academics. The mother admitted to the same in the presence of village elders.