Remove `La Martinere` Principal: Child rights body
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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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