Balochistan bans corporal punishment in schools

Balochistan bans corporal punishment in schools

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According to media reports, in a notification issued on April 13, the director of school education, Muteeb Khan, said corporal punishment causes a high number of students to drop out of school and affects their learning.

The education department has defined corporal or physical punishment as any punishment using physical force is used and intended to cause some degree of pain or discomfort. Under the new rules, hitting (smacking, slapping or spanking) a child with a hand or an implement (whip, stick belt, shoe etc) including kicking, shaking, throwing a child, scratching, pinching, biting, pulling hair or boxing ears is banned

The government is also stopping teachers from forcing a child to stay in an uncomfortable position, burning them, scaling or subjecting them to mental abuse or any other kinds of punishments.

In case of violations, disciplinary proceedings will be initiated against the teacher, head teacher and other officers.

This rule applies to all government, semi-private and private schools.

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