Physical penalties, despite being illegal, are still widely used by teachers in the city. A class 4 student of a government school at Rabupura fell unconscious on Monday after being beaten up allegedly by a teacher. Basic Shiksha Adhikari (BSA) on Tuesday ordered an inquiry into the matter.
"Anil Kumar was allegedly beaten up by Vishal Kumar, the teacher, with a stick when the student did not answer a question. The student fell unconscious and was rushed to nearby hospital. I have ordered an inquiry into the incident," BSA Dharamvir Singh told HT on Tuesday.
"The teacher has been suspended. Strict action will be taken against him if found guilty," said Singh.
"In last one year, four cases of corporal punishment were reported from various schools. But during inquiry, students patched up with teachers. So, no action was taken against those teachers," said Singh.
"As per Supreme Court ruling, corporal punishment is banned. Any punishment which leads to physical torture attracts action against the teacher which may be suspension or even dismissal from service depending on nature of injury," said Jyoti Prasad, district Inspector of School. Even class monitors are using sticks. A visit to several government schools at Sector 12 on Tuesday revealed that monitors use sticks to thrash students making noise.