Dhaka, Aug 10: While India is still in process of debating on corporal punishment despite the surge in the number of deaths due to the practice in its school, the neighbouring Bangladesh has gone ahead and banned it.
Bangladesh on Tuesday, Aug 10 banned corporal punishment in school warning the teachers of legal action if they hand down "inhuman punishments" like canning and beating to pupils.
An education ministry order on the ban read, "It has been noticed that teachers of some educational institutions impose inhuman punishments on the students for various reasons including violation of discipline and negligence in study. The school management committees will identify the teachers."
"Students' progress gets hampered due to physical punishment," the order observed.
Any violation of the order would be treated as "misconduct" on the part of the teachers and they would invited either judicial action under Child Act or departmental action.
Now, the inspectors of offices, directorates and education boards under the education ministry will check if the ban is being implemented or not when they visit the schools.