Bangalore: The Karnataka Government on Thursday
issued a stern warning to education department officials to
ensure that students are not subjected to corporal punishment
and sexual harassment.
The directive comes in the wake of a boy`s death, who
allegedly became victim of corporal punishment, at a private
school in Honnavar in Uttara Kannada district recently.
Minister for Primary and Secondary Education
Vishweshara Hegde Kageri told PTI that he has asked the Deputy
Directors of Public Instruction (DDPIs) and Block Education
Officers (BEOs) to monitor schools to check these incidents.
"There are several circulars issued in this regard.
But the officials hardly oversee the implementation. Now the
government has decided to make DDPIs and BEOs also responsible
for lapses on such issues", Kageri said.
Afzal Pasha (8), who was reportedly ordered to run
around the school ground for turning up late, collapsed and
died, evoking protests from locals. His teacher Ganesh was
arrested and suspended in this regard. The Head Master and
President of the School were also arrested. They have been
released on bail.