Shaming Students Is The New Norm, Mumbai Survey!
July 17, 2017
A survey conducted in Mumbai revealed that around 50% teachers discipline students by humiliating them, after the government put a ban on corporal punishment.
WHAT IS CORPORAL PUNISHMENT?
Corporal punishment or physical punishment is a punishment intended to cause physical pain on a person. Corporal punishment is most often practiced on minors, especially in home and also school settings, usually employing more modest forms. The rules framed by the Right to Education (RTE) Act, defines corporal punishment as physical or mental harassment and is illegal and liable to punishment under sections 17(1) and 17(2).
WHAT DID THE SURVEY REVEAL?
After being asked to not hit students, Mumbai school teachers have resorted to humiliating and shaming them, revealed a new survey. Around 50% teachers in private and government schools confessed to shaming students to discipline them. Shaming punishments involve teachers ridiculing the child with sarcastic and nasty remarks or actions. This kind of punishment is increasing in schools, found the survey, conducted by Podar Institute of Education, Santacruz, between mid-February and May this year. It included 700 teachers, 350 each in private and government schools.
Educators remark that shaming students was as harmful as physical violence. What’s worse is that 62% of private school teachers continued to shame students despite being told not to. This is prevalent in schools where corporal punishment is banned. Around 37% of private schools have a zero-tolerance policy against shaming students, while none of the government schools have such a policy. Only 12% of government schools and 48% of private schools have trained their teachers to understand children and discipline them without using harsh punishments.