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Beating makes kids insecure

THE INCIDENT, in which a class III student of Christ Church College was assaulted brutally by a teacher on Friday, has raised eyebrows over corporal punishment in schools. Experts suggest teachers to manage their stress and not vent their frustration on students. Pushkar Agarwal, was beaten brutally by his class teacher on Friday and suffered an injury below his left eye, his fault being he could not take down notes in the class as he had lost his pencil.

india Updated: Aug 13, 2006 00:19 IST

THE INCIDENT, in which a class III student of Christ Church College was assaulted brutally by a teacher on Friday, has raised eyebrows over corporal punishment in schools. Experts suggest teachers to manage their stress and not vent their frustration on students.

Pushkar Agarwal, was beaten brutally by his class teacher on Friday and suffered an injury below his left eye, his fault being he could not take down notes in the class as he had lost his pencil.

Commenting on the incident, clinical psychologist Madhu Pathak said the incident was an example of a teacher’s behavioral disorder. Teachers should be tolerant enough to handle a child even if he refuses to perform or do what he has been asked to do. If a child is subjected to physical punishment, his development is hampered and he loses confidence and gets insecure.

She suggested that teachers undergo psychological training so that they do not subject students to their personal stress and worries by punishing them. School administration should also arrange counselling of students to enhance their inner strengths.

Director of Lucknow Public School, Sushil Kumar Singh, condemned the incident and said children should be dealt with psychologically rather than physically.

Every school should conduct orientation programmes for teachers to enable them to deal with problem children. In our school, every year a seminar on child psychology is organised for teachers to understand the psyche of children, said Singh.

Anshumali Sharma of Human Unity Movement, who also runs Children’s Helpline in the city, condemned the incident saying that such torture inflicted on children was in violation of their right to protection. Child beating was not permissible in schools as it was unethical and hampered growth, he said. 

A lot of similar incidents have been reported at Child Helpline where children are subjected to physical torture, and Helpline also took cognizance of such incidents by meeting school authorities.  

Police is showing no concern in this case as they filed a Non-Cognizable Report when father of the child, Mukesh Kumar Agarwal went to Hazratganj Police Station to file the complaint against this particular incident.