Going by the rising number of corporal punishment cases given to students by teachers in schools, despite a ban imposed on the same by National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), the gravity of the issue has has compelled the Punjab State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (SCPCR) to direct all the elementary education institutions to eliminate corporal punishment in schools.
Sukesh Kalia ,chairman, SCPCR, had instructed the DEO (elementary) to look into one such case, wherein the principal of New Era Public School put ink marks on face of the students on their failure to submit passport size photographs. The DEO (elementary) was directed to file a detailed report on the case within a week's time.
Rajwinder Gill, deputy director, SCPCR, said, "The DEO was directed to file a report of the case within a week. Later, the date for the same was extended. The report, however, is yet to be received. We are expecting the report within a couple of days." He informed about the order sent to DEO (elementary) to direct all the government, private, aided and unaided schools to implement the guidelines for eliminating corporal punishment in schools.
Department of education has been on its toes where corporal punishment in schools is concerned. Recently, a teacher in Government Primary School, Jagraon was suspended for beating students on arriving late for the classes.
In another case, complaint was lodged against Ravinder Singh, science teacher in BCM School, Basant Avenue, for beating a student at a tuition centre in July. Principal Vandana Shahi said, "Ravinder Singh had been issued a show cause notice and had to explain himself within a week's period, which he did. The student and teacher reached a settlement mutually." She said the teacher was yet to join back the school.