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Corporal punishment in schools... By Iftikhar

12 February, 2014

Research shows that corporal punishment is a big reason behind the increasing number of school dropouts. The government of Punjab issued a notification in 2005 through which corporal punishment was banned in all education institutions, but no mechanisms were established to monitor the situation.

No serious steps were taken by the government to train teachers and introduce the role of the teacher as a facilitator for students. Pakistan is s signatory of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Children (UNCRC) whose Article 19 clearly states that children have the right to be protected from being hurt and mistreated, physically or mentally. It is the responsibility of the state to take measures to ensure that children are properly cared for and protected from violence, abuse and neglect. The previous National Assembly unanimously passed the Prohibition of Corporal Punishment Bill, which was not passed by the Senate and eventually lapsed later.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa also prohibited corporal punishment under the Child Protection and Welfare Act 2010 while the Sindh Assembly also passed a resolution to introduce legislation on this. It is now time for the government of Punjab to introduce legislation prohibiting corporal punishment.

Iftikhar Mubarik
Lahore

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