Guidelines to check corporal punishment not necessary: Arjun

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Bangalore, Oct 4 (UNI) Union Minister for Human Resource Development Arjun Singh today said that there was no need to bring in guidelines with regard to corporal punishment in the schools as such incidents were not common.

Speaking on the sidelines of the ICT for Literacy Workshop for E-9 countries here, he said "it is disturbing that a few of such incidents is happening and it is harmful to children and disturbs their parents. However it is not a common phenomina and guidelines to check such incidents is not warranted." He said exemplary action should be initited against those at fault and teachers should ensure that things should not go out of control.

A lady teacher of a private school in Delhi was arrested last week for allegedly stripping a seven-year-old girl student in Uttam Nagar area and also asking the minor to stand on the chair for not doing home work.

The incident had evoked outrage and similar incidents were reported from some other parts of the country. Cases of corporal punishment was also reported in Karnataka where children were brutally beaten up by teachers, mainly in private schools, recently.


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