Incidents of corporal punishment reflect poor awareness among schools about child rights. VV-PACS Community Correspondent Mahesh Kumar from Uttar Pradesh reports of one such incident which is a clear violation of the Right to Education Act.
'My children used to go to school regularly but now they have refused. After asking them I got to know that the teacher had been physically punishing my child' says Somati.
'My teacher asked me to get tobacco for him from outside. When I asked if I could drink water he beat me up' says a young student at the Government Middle school in Alipurjita village.
Punishment of any kind or in form comes in the way of the development of the full potential of children. It is time for teachers to quit the old, rigid form of punishment that result in humiliation and corporal punishment that tear down the self esteem of students.
Call to Action:
You can help by calling Headmaster, Government Primary School, Aliurjita on 09795328755 and pressurize him to take strict action against the negligent teachers.
About the Partnership:
The Poorest Areas Civil Society (PACS) Programme and Video Volunteers have come together to create the Community Correspondents Network. The videos generated by the network will be able to highlight voices from the margins, providing skills to social communicators to provide advocacy tools to community based organizations.
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