After corporal punishment was banned, 50% Mumbai teachers resorted to shaming students: Survey

Mumbai city news: Around 48% of teachers said shaming punishments were more effective

mumbai Updated: Jul 05, 2017 13:54 IST
Puja Pednekar
Puja Pednekar
Hindustan Times
Mumbai city news,Mumbai school,Corporal punishment
The survey found that 62% of private school teachers continued to shame students despite being told not to.(HT )

After being asked to not hit students, Mumbai school teachers have resorted to humiliating and shaming them, revealed a new survey. Around 50% teachers in private and government schools confessed to shaming students to discipline them.

Shaming punishments involve teachers ridiculing the child with sarcastic and nasty remarks or actions. This kind of punishment is increasing in schools, found the survey, conducted by Podar Institute of Education, Santacruz, between mid-February and May this year. It included 700 teachers, 350 each in private and government schools.

The institute’s 2015 survey had found that 83% teachers in government and 58% in private schools used physical punishments to discipline students.This number has come down but not vanished after physical punishments were banned under the Right to Education (RTE) Act, 2009. Around 45% of teachers in government schools and 52% in private ones still hit children, said the survey.

Recently, parents of a Vikhroli school student complained to the police against a teacher for forcibly cutting their child’s hair . This is third such case in the past four years.

What’s worse is that 62% of private school teachers continued to shame students despite being told not to. Around 48% of teachers said shaming punishments were more effective, while 35% to 44% resorted to them as their schools do not allow corporal punishment.

Educators said shaming students was as harmful as physical violence. “Traumatic experiences can harm a child’s self-worth and respect, it will have long-term consequences for the child’s personality,” said Dr Harish Shetty, senior psychiatrist, Hiranandani Foundation Hospital.

Around 37% of private schools have a zero-tolerance policy against shaming students, while none of the government schools have such a policy. Only 12% of government schools and 48% of private schools have trained their teachers to understand children and discipline them without using harsh punishments.

Swati Popat Vats, president of Podar Institute of Education, said teachers need to be trained in handling students.

“The growing instances of brutal corporal punishments shows that diploma or bachelors in education does not prepare teachers for working with children,” said Vats. Vats added that schools forget that teachers need to be counselled as much as students. “Sometimes teachers lose their cool under pressure, so they too need professional help to understand their own emotional triggers and how to control them,” said Vats.

First Published: Jul 05, 2017 09:19 IST