As the Chandigarh Commission for Protection of Child Rights (CCPCR) on Thursday launched a campaign to eliminate corporal punishment in the city schools by 2016, all school heads were directed to conduct trainings for teachers/ staff members in their respective schools on ‘Guidelines for elimination of corporal punishment’ within two months before January 30.
CCPCR launched the campaign during a meeting held with around 40 school principals at Snehalaya, Sector 39, on Thursday.
During the meeting, chairperson of the commission professor Devi Sirohi directed the school principals to set up complaint redressal mechanism and constitute a committee to deal with the complaints against corporal punishment.
Professor Devi Sirohi said in order to effectively deal with complaints of corporal punishment at the school level, a child rights committee (CRC) on corporal punishment should be set up that should comprise a principal, a teacher, school counselor, two student representatives (for co-ed schools one boy and one girl) and parent representatives who are members of school management committee.
Addressing school principals on the occasion, UT advisor Vijay Dev said, “There should be zero intolerance towards corporal punishment.
He stressed upon value education, including technology, physical education and updated skills, that schools need to imbibe in their students.