CBSE warns schools about corporal punishment

The CBSE has issued letters to the schools to completely eliminate such practices.

Written by Ifrah Mufti | Chandigarh | Published:June 29, 2014 3:01 am

With the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) warning schools once again to eradicate corporal punishment, it seems that despite a ban, some affiliated schools are still practicing the same.

The CBSE has issued letters to the schools affiliated to it, to completely eliminate such practices. The letter is intended to sensitise the faculty. Moreover, it is an emphasis on the rules framed by the Right to Education (RTE) Act, which defines corporal punishment as physical or mental harassment and is illegal and liable to punishment under sections 17(1) and 17(2).

Professor Devi Sirohi, chairman, Child Rights Commission,UT, said, “Eliminating corporal punishment in schools is very necessary. Such punishments are not always reported, but the letters issued by the CBSE show that there were many cases of physical punishment being reported.

At present, there is no provision of punishing a teacher in return, if he/she harasses a student, but the Juvenile Justice (JJ) Act, which is being drafted by the government, will entail punishment for the teachers as well. Teachers should know how to handle the situations, instead of punishing a child.”

The guidelines issued by the CBSE in regard to the eradication of corporal punishment states that corporal punishment leads to adverse physical, psychological and educational outcomes like increased aggressive and destructive behaviour, increased disruptive behaviour in the classroom, vandalism, poor performance, poor attention span, increased drop-out rates, school avoidance and school phobia, low self-esteem, anxiety,depression, suicide and retaliation against teachers. All these emotionally scar the children for life.

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  1. M
    Apr 7, 2015 at 3:13 pm
    Marshal write a are write marshal
    1. M
      Apr 7, 2015 at 3:10 pm
      i am think corpal punishment should banned in india not only in cbse but also in all board
      1. S
        May 19, 2015 at 9:39 am
        Can u please contact me as soon as possible..actually there is a school in my locality....the teachers there are too rude and beat the children badly..its a pre-primary school.. I am in Almora..I hope u can help me
      2. S
        sierra bexstar
        Jul 11, 2014 at 3:34 am
        i think corporal punishment just make a student learn from their mistake..............
        1. g
          Jul 2, 2014 at 3:08 am
          I'm against corporal punishment. It may stop a student from misbehaving at that moment or whatever but it doesn't help in the long run. I saw so many things wrong in my highschool and corporal punishment was the main one. It only makes students afraid of making mistakes which complicates partition in cl and learning.
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