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July 29, 2009

Assam to ban corporal punishment in schools

GUWAHATI, July 29: The Assam Government will soon enact a law banning corporal punishment in schools after a UNICEF report said the State topped the list of Indian schools where corporal punishment and humiliation of students is rampant. A UNICEF study said 99.56 per cent of students in Asom schools are victims of corporal punishment.

“We shall ban corporal punishment in schools. Such a system to discipline students has become obsolete and often leads to adverse impact on the students’ mental well-being as well as to trauma,’’ Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said.

Talking to newsmen in Guwahati today, Gogoi said: “A Bill will be introduced in the next Assembly session banning corporal punishment, as such punishment increases the school dropout rate.” Gogoi further said government schools are infamous for corporal punishment. “There may be delinquent children in classes, and how to mould them is the responsibility of teachers,” Gogoi said, and added: “Soon the private schools will be brought under the regulation of the State Government. No one can violate rules to set up such schools wherever they want.” source: the sentinel

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