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Corporal punishment: St John’s teacher guilty,says SDM report

Following a complaint of corporal punishment at St John’s School a few days ago,the report submitted by Sub- Divisional Magistrate Niharika Rai has found the teacher to be guilty.

Following a complaint of corporal punishment at St John’s School a few days ago,the report submitted by Sub- Divisional Magistrate (South) Niharika Rai has found the teacher to be guilty.

While the Administration has sent the report to UT Standing Counsel for legal opinion,the school too has been directed to initiate action against the teacher.

In the report submitted to Home Secretary Ram Niwas on Monday,it was stated that Reema Talwar slapped Akshay Singh,a Class III student,and the incident seems to be an act of corporal punishment.

Rai conducted an enquiry in the matter on Friday and the victim,his parents and school authorities including the accused teacher and principal were called.

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During the investigation,statements of the boy’s classmates were also recorded who admitted that the child was hit by the teacher.

The report reads,“After going through various statements,facts and evidences,it could be said that most of the facts and circumstances point towards the commission of act of slapping Akshay Singh.”

Meanwhile,Talwar denied all the allegations saying that she had only asked the boy to behave properly in class. She,however,admitted that she had told him not “cry like a baby” and warned him of sending a note to his parents.

Talking to Newsline,Home Secretary Ram Niwas said: “We have gone through the report and the teacher has been found guilty of corporal punishment. In order to have a legal view,the same has been sent to the UT Standing Counsel and strict action will be taken against the teacher.

Meanwhile,a communication to the school too has been sent that they should initiate action against the teacher.”

The incident came to light on July 21 when Akshay accused his teacher of slapping and insulting him in class because he reportedly could not recall the multiplication table of seven.

Suspended GMSSS-47 instructor a victim of school politics?
Nearly 150 students of Government Model Senior Secondary School,Sector 47,held a demonstration on Monday in support of the teacher whose services were terminated by the Administration on Friday on charges of corporal punishment.

The students raised slogans against the Administration outside teacher Karamjit Rana’s house in Sector 47 for not conducting a proper investigation in the incident and demanded the teacher be reinstated at the earliest.

The students alleged that the Administration jumped the gun and terminated the services of the physical education instructor for allegedly garlanding students with shoes as punishment for not wearing proper uniform. The students claimed that the teacher is innocent and no such incident took place.

“He checked our uniforms and students who were not dressed properly were asked to line up. Then the school counsellor came and asked the students to take their shoes off and take a round of the school. Rana was not a party to the entire incident,” said Kuldeep,a student. “We did not sign any complaint nor did our parents complain to the school or the department. Rana has been punished for no fault of his. We want him to be called back,” said Rajesh,another student.

Rana too has pleaded innocence in the entire incident. “I am being made a victim of politics going on in the school. A few teachers have plotted this against me in an attempt to spoil my career,” said Rana,denying allegations of corporal punishment.

He also requested the Administration to conduct a proper enquiry so that “the truth can come out.”

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Meanwhile,Director Public Instructions (Schools) Samwartak Singh said the Education department would examine the matter thoroughly and take appropriate action. Home Secretary Ram Niwas,who had given immediate orders of termination of services of the teacher,could not be contacted. On July 22,a few students of GMSSS-47 had accused Rana of garlanding them with shoes and asking them to roam in the campus for not wearing the prescribed uniform of the day.