Even as the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) gets ready to recommend enforcement of its policy against corporal punishment in schools across the country, an organisation in the State capital is getting ready to launch a movement against the practice in Kerala schools.
Led by Philip M. Prasad, one-time leader of the Naxalite movement and a practising lawyer, the organisation is planning to hold a sit-in in front of the Secretariat on August 15 to press its demand for an end to corporal punishment in schools. Prominent persons from different walks of life will participate in the sit-in, along with parents of schoolchildren, Mr. Prasad said here on Tuesday.
Mr. Prasad said ‘Madhuram Baalyam,' the organisation headed by him, had submitted a memorandum to Minister for Education M.A. Baby urging him to set an example for the rest of the country by encouraging schools in the State to eschew corporal punishment as a method of disciplining. In the memorandum, the organisation has sought display of boards in all government schools to the effect that corporal punishment was not being resorted to by them. “I myself have shifted my little son from three schools because in all of them either he or other children were being beaten by teachers for even small omissions. He is now studying in a school outside the capital city where the atmosphere is a little more relaxed, but corporal punishment is common even there,” Mr. Prasad told The Hindu.