Remove `La Martinere` Principal: Child rights body

Last Updated: Monday, July 19, 2010 - 18:33

New Delhi: Finally taking action in Rouvanjit
Rawla suicide case, the national child rights commission has
recommended removal of the Principal and the Vice-Principal of
`La Martinere` Kolkata and denial of increment to teachers who
inflicted corporal punishment on students.

Rawla, a Class VIII student of La Martiniere for Boys, had
committed suicide in February after being allegedly subjected
to corporal punishment at school.

The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights
(NCPCR) had launched a probe into the case and a report was
submitted to the commission on June 22.

The NCPCR recommended the removal of the Principal and
the Vice-Principal "as they not only used corporal punishment
on late Rouvanjit Rawla themselves, they also condoned the
use of corporal punishment by other teachers".

"As such they are collectively responsible for creating an
atmosphere of fear and trauma in the school," it said.

The commission recommended denial of increment to teachers
who inflicted corporal punishment on the students. Besides it
sought a review of teaching practices in the school and a
revision of service rules for teachers in light of the spirit
of child-centred education embodied in the RTE.

It also called for accountability of the Board in the
functioning of the School.

The child rights commission asked the state government to
put in place systems and structures at all schools so that
matters related to discipline and punishment are dealt with in
a continuous and comprehensive fashion by all concerned like
students, teachers, school management and parents.

It demanded that the state government should ensure
implementation of the Right to Free and Compulsory Education,
including Section 17, that prohibits all forms of corporal
punishment by taking firm action in cases of violation.

The NCPCR asked the central government to draft model
rules and guidelines for section 17 of the RTE Act and
disseminate them widely and send out appropriate messages on
the seriousness of the issue of corporal punishment.

It called for undertaking widespread publicity of the
Right of the Child to Free and Compulsory Education, including
the prohibition of corporal punishment.

PTI



First Published: Monday, July 19, 2010 - 18:33

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