Corporal Punishment in Schools

Although corporal punishment in schools as well as in families is prohibited by law in Pakistan, but still teachers practice corporate punishment in both public and private schools without any hesitation as a way of correcting the students behavior or to improve the child's study habits. The KPK government passed the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Child Protection and Welfare Act, 2010, but never tried to implement it.
According to this act "Corporal punishment means intentional use of physical force intended to cause a high degree of pain or discomfort for discipline, correction and control, changing behavior or in the belief of educating or bringing up the child, that either results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, psychological harm, Mal-development or deprivation"
The Act further says:
"Corporal punishment stands abolished in all its kinds and manifestations and its practice in any form is prohibited as provided under section 89 of the Pakistan Penal Code, 1860 (Act No. XLV of 1860).
Whosoever causes or permits to cause corporal punishment, through omission or commission, in any form, under any circumstances or for any purpose, to a child, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months or with fine which may extend to fifty thousand rupees, or with both."
Besides other evils and negative impacts of corporate punishment on children spiritual, moral, mental and physical health, it is one of the main cause of increasing dropout from the schools.


Corporal Punishment in Schools

2 comments:

Kiran palwasha said...

hmmm that's true in Pakistan. Unfortunately i have also experienced the same.... when i was in 5th standard. Not for study reason but for doing mimicry of a teacher....
Hopefully now the things have changed much and teachers are tolerant enough...

Birdy said...

It means you were very naughty in the childhood. I think teachers should encourage the students, who have mimicry or other such talents.
Though we see improvement in the system, but still we have a long way to go.