It’s not only physical punishment but also the verbal abuse hurled at school children that have put the teachers in trouble under guidelines of the Right to Education Act, which deals with the corporal punishment.
30-40% of complaints reported every year are related to the verbal abuse.
Visakhapatnam: It’s not only physical punishment but also the verbal abuse hurled at school children that have put the teachers in trouble under guidelines of the Right to Education Act, which deals with the corporal punishment.
According to the AP State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, about 30-40 percent of the complaints regarding the corporal punishment reported every year are related to verbal abuse.
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Corporal punishment, according to RTE Act, is not only caning the children but also the subjecting them to mental harassment through insults, ridicule, humiliation and derogatory remarks, that are detrimental to the students’ academic and psychological well-being.
“We have filed 32 cases of corporal punishment from 2014, after assessing the complaints. We have found the verbal abuse of children being taken seriously by parents and have brought to our notice,” said the commission’s incharge chairman S. Balaraju.
The commission, during the recent week-long Child Rights Convention Week celebrations, said 175 cases related to child abuse and 115 to the violation of RTE norms-corporal punishment and depriving students of their entitlements.
“We have resolved most of the cases through an intervention of district administration or collector. With proper counselling, the schools and teachers have been warned against the inflicting physical punishment or verbal mental harassment. We could take the criminal action against the culprits, by invoking Juvenile Justice Act,” Mr. Balaraju said.
Denying children have entitlements provided under RTE Act, such as midday meal, books, quality education, and the toilet facility has become a major concern.
Asked whether parents had misused the facility by falsely complaining of the corporal punishment, he said, “So far, we have come across one false complaint. We file cases only after the proper inquiry.”
Some teachers, not good enough to be named, said the government should ensure proper teacher-student ratio and provide proper infrastructure before rounding up the teachers against the RTE Act.