The rise in the drop-out rate of students in schools is now a serious concern and a topic of discussion. Though there seem to be many factors that contribute to this, another factor can be the corporal punishments that students are a subject to in schools. Despite these corporal punishments are forbidden in some schools, but in the majority of schools, it still goes unnoticed and is practised every day.
What really sparked the discussion on corporal punishment is the video that Reham Khan uploaded on her Twitter account. In the video, a male teacher hits girls on their hands with a stick. He also says things like ”Are we your father’s servants?”. Though the reason behind such treachery is unknown, it is still inappropriate for a teacher to treat students like this whatever the reason may be.
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This man is recognisable.
Let's have him removed. Say No to corporal punishment in Pakistan schools.
22.6 Million children out of school & those who do come get this treatment. pic.twitter.com/aedpNVZztt
— Reham Khan (@RehamKhan1) December 1, 2018
Social media community also reacted to the video, asking for punishment for the culprit.
بہت ہی افسوس کی بات ہے ویسے بھی لڑکیوں کے سکول میں ایسے ٹیچر پر پابندی لگا دینی چاہیۓ
— Choudhary Adil Rasheed 💕💕 (@adilbadshah143) December 1, 2018
قانون میں تو جج هوتا هے وکلاء هوتے هیں دلائل ثبوت اورشواهد هوتے ہیں جسکے بنیاد پرجج سزا کا فیصله سناتا هے جبکه یہاں تو استاد جج بهی هے وکیل بهی ، دلیل بهی اور سزابهی خود هی دے رها هے مهربانی هوگی اگرکسی ملک ،کتاب یا قانون میں ایسا هے تو اسکا حواله ضروردے تاکه لوگ مستفید هو
— Imran Takkar (@imrantakkar) December 1, 2018
ہمارے معاشرے میں بچے سکول سے صرف اس لیے باہر نہیں کہ غربت بہت ہے بلکہ ایسے چند جاہل لوگ استاد کے عہدے پر براجمان ہو کر بچوں کے ذہن میں خوف پیدا کر دیتے ہیں اور پھر وہ ساری عمر سکول سے دور بھاگتے ہیں
یہ شخص نا صرف بچوں کو مار رہا ہے بلکہ ڈھٹائی کے ساتھ 5000 کا جرمانہ بھی مانگ رہا
— Sheikh Farhan (@Sheikh_Farhan4) December 1, 2018
Disgraceful, shameful, painful, and highly condemnable.
Apathetic, disgusting, miserable.
Doesn't deserve to be a "Teacher".
— Dr. Shafiq Ahmad (@DrShafiqAhmad2) December 1, 2018
I agree you for the first time in life
He should be punished
— Nida💜💜💜 (@Singularitytata) December 1, 2018
Isko kis ne haq Dia bachiyon ko Marne ka koi maddam nae ha school Ma Isko arrest karna chahyea
— Ghulam Hussain chaudhary (@GhulamH91308452) December 1, 2018
You are very right….throw him out of this sacred field….
— Meera jee (@jee_meera) December 1, 2018
— Gibran Ashraf (@GibranAshraf) December 1, 2018
he has to be put in the middle of the patents of these kids and let them treat this beast
— میاں محمد نواز شریف (کا شیر) (@Nasirmehmood888) December 1, 2018
It is scientifically proven that by applying punishment tactics, the loss would be for the society as the child will lose his or her confident and not thinking out of box
By punishing, one can get discipline but with minus creativity which would be catastrophic
— Sameerghiasi (@sameerghiasi) December 1, 2018
Corporal punishment is a violation of human rights and a bill was passed against it back in 2014. This means that corporal punishment is punishable by law but the cases are rarely reported to authorities for them to take any action. Another reason why schools get away with corporal punishment is that students are reluctant to report such incidents to their parents.
A number of child rights and health organizations have been working against this cruel practice but are yet to create a noticeable impact. According to research, corporal punishments promote aggression, antisocial behaviour and low self-esteem in children. It also creates an unsuitable environment for the students to study in.
Now, it is not unknown that the drop-out rate has seen a drastic increase since the past few years. Almost 22.6 million children are out of schools and those that do come to school are given such a harsh treatment.
The government should take notice of this incident, as there are thousands more and worse happening all across the country. School teachers should be made to sign undertakings that prohibits them from indulging in any such activity. Mental harassment and physical abuse is a common practice that students become a victim of daily, but these students are the future of our country and for our country to prosper, it is unlikely and unsuitable for schools to create such a teaching environment.
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