January 16, 2014 7:23 am

Corporal Punishment Video: Forum demands inquiry

SRINAGAR:  J&K Private Schools United Front (JKPSUF) has demanded an immediate inquiry into the recent surfacing of videos on social media wherein teachers seem to be tormenting small children by subjecting them to various forms of corporal punishment.

The front said that it was a shame for the state education sector wherein such crude methods of punishment go unnoticed. “We are highly disturbed by those videos that have surfaced on social media like Facebook and Youtube and in which students appear to be undergoing torture,” said G N Var General Secretary JKPSUF.

“And the worst part is that the teachers in at least one of the videos seem to be enjoying it.”

The front demanded an immediate inquiry into these incidents. “The government particularly the department of education should immediately investigate these videos and identify the culprits, whether in private or government sector,” said Var.

“We demand that the teachers be appropriately punished for subjecting children to such a treatment.”

The front said that such methods of teachings should not be employed in the present scenario. “These methods put the children in mental stress and his or her emotional state is scarred, sometimes for whole life,” said Var.

 “Currently children are under tremendous stress in this competitive atmosphere, they need guidance and not a hanging sword,” he further added. “Had it happened outside the state, there would have been a huge outcry and the children would have been recommended for psychological counseling to undo any emotional damage.”

The front appealed the teacher fraternity to upgrade their teaching skills in accordance with global standards. “Numerous studies have shown that corporal  punishment doesn’t help children, they are counter-productive,” said Var. “We are gradually phasing out these methods in private sector but the government education system also needs to change.”

The front said that there was an immediate need to overhaul our entire education system. “We are light years away from other countries despite the fact that our students have competitive I.Q. in comparison to students from developed countries,” said Var. “Our education system should groom the talent and not depress it.”

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