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DSE forms panel to look into slapping episode, marks probe

A day after HT highlighted a video showing a Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 56, teacher repeatedly slapping, pulling ears and arms of two school students, the UT education department has marked a probe into the matter on Wednesday. Moreover, director school education (DSE) Rubinderjit Singh Brar has constituted a committee to look into the episode.

punjab Updated: Feb 11, 2016 13:05 IST
Aneesha Bedi
Aneesha Bedi
Hindustan Times
corporal punishment,Rubinderjit Singh Brar,UT education department
Representative photo.

A day after HT highlighted a video showing a Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 56, teacher repeatedly slapping, pulling ears and arms of two school students, the UT education department has marked a probe into the matter on Wednesday. Moreover, director school education (DSE) Rubinderjit Singh Brar has constituted a committee to look into the episode.

The video shows two school students being slapped by a social studies teacher (as recognised by a student). She also pulled the ear of one of the students.

“Committee members will look into the slapping episode that has been reported in the media, the other two videos that were submitted in the Punjab and Haryana high court and other issues raised by a city-based petitioner with regard to the conditions in the government schools of the city,” said Brar.

Brar further added that the department was not going to take this issue lightly as corporal punishment is considered a serious offence.

Meanwhile, sources said the GMSSS-56 authorities and teachers went around every classroom on Wednesday to find out the student who had reportedly alleged that the teacher often slapped the student.

Talking to HT earlier the petitioner had revealed that they had to take the matter to the court after having failed to get response from the UT education department.

Meanwhile, Brar said the department will soon start carrying out surprise inspections so that any child found carrying mobile phones can be rusticated for at least a month from the school. The video, accessed by HT, was reportedly shot by a student on his mobile phone, though phones are banned within the school premises.

“The teachers also need to be further sensitised about this and should be able to monitor at their own level,” he added.

Panel’s duties

Instances reported at GMSSS-56, Dadumajra and Mauli Jagran

Fix responsibility and suggest remedies

Check if such practices are prevalent in other government schools

Besides looking into the instances at GMSSS-56, GMSSS- Dadumajra and GMSSS-Mauli Jagran, the members can pay a visit to other UT government schools if they find out that the practice was prevalent there too

To submit report by February 29

First Published: Feb 11, 2016 12:58 IST