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Corporal punishment banned in schools
Correspondent KOHIMA, Aug 10 (NPN):
Published on 11 Aug. 2009 12:43 AM IST
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Every student growing up in any part of the country must have got a taste of cane stick on the palm or a spank on the buttock for violating school rules or annoying the teacher. The infamous Corporal Punishment resounds in the country, even after the Supreme Court banned it on December 1, 2000. While disciplinary punishment provides an immediate response in correcting the student, there is abusive and violent punishment which scares the students and violates their rights. Banning Corporal Punishment, the Supreme Court had directed the states to ensure that children were not subjected to corporal punishment in schools and they receive education in an environment of freedom and dignity, free from fear. In consonance with the Supreme Court and guidelines issued by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, the administration of Kohima district and School Education Department have instructed all schools under its jurisdiction to stop corporal punishment in schools. Kohima District Education Officer (DEO) Zaveyi Nyeikha informed that schools in Kohima have been instructed not to impose corporal punishment to any student, but rather create a free environment without any tension. Pointing out various kinds of punishments imposed in schools, Nyiekha said students give up their studies out of fear, resulting to school-drop out cases. He also said that some are issued Transfer Certificate by the institution in the middle of the year. The DEO urged the heads of institutions in Kohima to convene meetings with its staff, teachers and even hostel wardens or proprietors and apprise them of the instruction. While the ban of corporal punishment in the state capital has been ‘officially’ enforced just some two months back, the DEO expressed optimism that schools were responding well. The School Education Department had earlier issued letters instructing all schools under Kohima District to stop corporal punishment, and they have responded well, he said. This was also reminded during a meeting of education officers and the department further plan to remind schools on this issue. Kohima Deputy Commissioner Beiu Angami also informed that a meeting with education officers would be held soon on banning of corporal punishment in schools. On grounds of violation of the imposition, the DEO said particular school will be at its own risk to settle the issue. “If no necessary action is taken, the school will be at its own risk” he said. He also added that parents have every right to retaliate on violation of students. As the department and the administration roll up their sleeves to work on this, perhaps the system of education will leap a step forward, where students learn not to escape the spanking or humiliation of standing outside the classroom, but learn to really learn.

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