Published: 08th July 2019
Corporal punishment continues to thrive as teachers punish students for low grades
When the video of a teacher brutally beating a class V student was shown to the school management by CRPP, they accepted the fact and suspended the two teachers from school
In a recent incident, two teachers from a private school in Visakhapatnam were found brutally beating their class student with a stick, allegedly for not scoring well in examinations. After the video went viral, child rights protection forum (CRPF) reacted to the incident and asked the school management on the incident. This is not just one incident, majority of the private schools are seen harassing the students to study and score. Psychologists say that this is giving a psychological pressure on the students future.
When the video of a teacher brutally beating a class V student was shown to the school management by CRPP, they accepted the fact and suspended the two teachers from school. However, according to the child rights organisation, such incidents should be reported legally and criminal cases should be booked against the teachers. But majority of the schools in the city are now seen harassing the students and when such issues are raised in public, the teachers are suspended to close the issue.
There are many corporate schools which are physically abusing the children and are also warning them not to tell their parents about beating them. Surprisingly, even the parents are not worried if the teacher is beating their children, because all they need is good marks in academics. "Beating children in schools in a punishable law but not many schools take the issue seriously. This is just one video which is out, but there are many students being tortured but no cases are booked on the teachers or schools by the parents, with the fear that the child will lose the admission", said CRPF state president G Seetaram.
With it is a mostly prevailing situation in the majority of the schools, of students being physically abused for good marks and ranks, psychologists say that this has a major impact on the mental abilities and way of looking at their future.
According to district convenor of Neuropsychiatrist wing in CRPF B Ramesh Babu, when their teams visited schools for taking the feedback from the students, the majority of them were found beaten by their teachers. "We have recently visited about 70 schools both government and private schools. We have seen silent harassment given to the students of private schools. Fact is, parents are giving an advantage to the teachers to make the student study hard that the teachers harassing them. Such harassment is decreasing the ability to do anything. The children will become abnormal, losing their confidence to study," said Ramesh Babu.
CRPF based on the evidence they have gathered is preparing a plan to report such incidents happening in the schools to the district officials. "We are submitting a representation to the district education officials, collector and high authorities to take action on schools which are harassing the students", said Seetaram.