Corpun file 12507
The Nation, Lahore, 3 January 2004
CS against corporal punishment
By our Staff Reporter
LAHORE - Punjab Chief Secretary Kamran Rasool has directed Secretary Education to take immediate notice on complaint of corporal punishment of students in any school so that this practice could be completely wiped out from educational institutions.
He issued these instructions during a briefing given by Secretary Education regarding his departmental affairs here on Thursday. Apprising the Chief Secretary about various on-going programmes in education sector, the Secretary Education informed that 6,890 schools have been upgraded in the province during the last two years under community participation programme.
Corpun file 12802
Dawn, Karachi/Lahore, 14 January 2004
Corporal punishment banned in NWFP
By Muqaddam Khan
SWABI, Jan 13: The [North West Frontier Province] provincial education department has imposed a complete ban on corporal punishment in schools and teachers are directed to use alternative methods for inculcating discipline in
A letter (1803-30/F. No 13/DS &1/M&N/G:Corr: dated Dec 13, 2003) by the director of schools and literacy, Mohammad Jamshed Khan, directed that corporal punishment in schools was banned.
The letter is issued to all district education officers and will
be forwarded to principals, headmasters and headmistresses for
The letter stated that it was reported that some teachers gave
corporal punishment in schools which was not desirable. It said:
"There is complete ban on all sort of physical punishment
and scolding on students in schools."
The education officers were also directed to pass necessary
instructions to all heads of schools in their jurisdiction to
avoid giving corporal punishment to students.
The letter stressed that instead of corporal punishment, the
teachers should apply positive tactics for imparting education to
students. "Positive incentives and awards will make the
teaching- learning process more interesting and effective",
the letter concluded.
Sources said that Federal Education Minister Zubeiba Jalal had also issued a similar letter banning corporal punishment in schools. The teachers had been ordered to avoid harsh treatment of students, the sources added.
TEACHERS' REACTION: The teachers were of the view that the
lack of a conducive environment for studies created hurdles for
students and the unfavourable circumstances forced teachers to
give physical punishment to students to make them pay more
attention to their studies.
They admitted that through corporal punishment the teachers could
only achieve short term objectives. The government must take
steps to provide facilities in schools to make the teachers more
friendly towards students.
© The DAWN Group of Newspapers, 2004