It seems that nothing much has changed after the corporal punishment being banned in schools across the country by the Govt. of India. Off lately, a Chandigarh-based school named Adarsh Public School in Sector 20 was in the limelight when a 4th class student lodged a complaint, alleging his teacher for beating him.
As a disciplinary action, a child rights panel has directed school authorities to give the victim student one month’s salary of the teacher against whom the complaint was filed. The decision was taken by the Commission for Protection of Child Rights (CCPCR) under the Right to Education (RTE) Act only to teach a lesson to the school teacher for not adhering to the RTE Act.
Why Teacher had beaten the student
Student’s father, Ravi Kant had lodged the complaint last month stating his ward was beaten up with an iron scale by the teacher. Kant, who had gone to the school principal before filing a legal complaint, said that his child is among the toppers of the class and he was beaten twice by the accused teacher for scoring zero in a test, which she had later found to be some other student’s marks.
Direction to the school authority
CCPCR has asked school principal to send an action taken report to the victim’s parents along with the copy of the cheque given as allowance. Also, the school has been directed to sensitise their teachers and children against corporal punishment.
In the past also, CCPCR had conducted workshops and training sessions for the principals and teachers of the UT school for eliminating corporal punishments in the schools of Chandigarh. Also, Chandigarh police has been trained to deal with such situation under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act 2012.
Now, all teachers in the tricity, watch out for your actions in the classroom as flogging of students can land you in great trouble.