Chennai

Keeping a check on corporal punishment

Guidelines issued by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights is the latest of efforts to prevent corporal punishment in schools and other institutions meant for care and protection of children such as hostels, orphanages, ashram shalas, and juvenile homes.

In States such as Tamil Nadu, where the State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (SCPCR) is entrusted with monitoring child rights is absent, the States will be required to constitute an authority to inquire into complaints and take steps immediately.

D. Sabitha, Secretary to the School Education Department, said: “We are in the process of constituting the Right to Education Protection Authority till the SCPCR is formed. We issued a G.O. banning corporal punishment earlier, which is included in the State RTE rules. We will shortly review the State rules, too.”

Besides giving stringent directions to schools to refrain from corporal punishment, the guidelines also has specific measures schools or any other body can resort to address difficult situation is class. Based on the guidelines, positive engagement strategies were discussed with children at Sri Natesan Vidyalaya on Tuesday.

The guidelines require the School Management Committee to set up Corporal Punishment Monitoring Cell in each school. The panel should have two teachers, two parents, a doctor, a lawyer, an independent counsellor, an independent child rights or woman rights activist of the local area and two students also elected from a class.

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