Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Sunday, February 26, 2017 04:36:07 AM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Corporal punishment : The cruelty and shame

By
12th-Jan-2017       Readers ( 81 )   0 Comments
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all (0) »

Sir Frank Peters :
Friday, January 13 is a milestone in the history of Bangladesh that's up there on the top shelf with the best of them.
On this date in 2011 the Supreme Court banned corporal punishment in schools and joined a growing legion of countries that were keen to protect its children and amputate the cancer that was ailing them.
Unfortunately, a law on paper alone is of little use. Sure there's been great progress made over the last six years, but not nearly enough. There are still too many tears being shed by children in classrooms, too many beatings, too much abuse, too much damage done to children and to Bangladesh. There's still too much ignorance in villages, especially, among headmasters, teachers and guardians, about the bad effects of corporal punishment. There's still no importance given to the fact that a child has the same right as an adult to be free from physical harm.
To a child, a good teacher is very special - a substitute parent, who watches over, cares, protects, teaches, encourages, and guides them in all that they do - and in return the teachers are shown love, respect and admiration for the rest of their lives, long after the pupils have graduated, left school, got married and sending their own children to school. Many of us have vivid memories of teachers who have monumentally changed our lives for the better: I certainly have. (Are you reading this, headmaster Peadair O'Dwyer?)
School and teachers occupy a major chunk of a child's life, other than their home it's the world that's best known to them.  
If you were to take the time to eavesdrop on school children talking, there is no doubt you will hear the names of teachers, how high they are on their totem pole, and blow-by-blow accounts of the happenings in the classroom/school. So-and-so did this; so-and-so said that.
Many children perceive teachers to be all-knowing, all-caring and 'right' in almost everything and anything they do.
Other than a child's parents and immediate family, schoolteachers - rightly or wrongly - are seen as honourable and trustworthy. Children believe teachers don't lie or give out false information. How would that be possible? - They're teachers, they're special, almost God-like to many young developing minds. The trust and expectation are high and solid.
Prior to the High Court ruling by Justices Md Immam Ali and Md Sheikh Hasan Arif banning corporal punishment in all Bangladesh schools and madrasas on January 13, 2011, teachers were viewed by many to be executing their 'duties' by attempting, ironically, to beat education and good behaviour into a child through the despicable, now outlawed practice of corporal punishment.
Village parents; many uneducated, ignorant, and lacking common-sense were on the teacher's side and felt their child deserved corporal punishment as a deterrent to bad behaviour. And the more frequently the child was thrashed in school the less was needed in the home! The trust in the teacher's judgment was beyond question. After all (rumour had it) he/she was educated, honourable, fair, knew what was best and was doing the school, child, family and nation a favour. How sad.
Children themselves were brainwashed by past and present generations into believing corporal punishment was some kind of miraculous pill that was actually good for them, kept them on the straight and narrow and although like vile tasting medicine, it had to be taken... for their own good. How sad for the child, nation and humanity. How sad.
The learned High Court judges Ali and Arif declared corporal punishment to be "cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and a clear violation of a child's fundamental right to life, liberty and freedom".  Corporal punishment may not necessarily tear or mark the skin, but it leaves an ugly scar on the mind forever that may cause some tears never to dry. The real sadness to corporal punishment is that it's totally non-effective. Thousands of studies worldwide prove this, yet it continues. How sad.
Ignorance is a state of bliss many are said to enjoy. A little education is a dangerous thing; power in the wrong hands is even worse. The combined mixture of ignorance and power can be lethal.  The teaching profession needs to take a good look at itself from within, remove all of its 'cancerous tumours' and slowly, but surely restore its once revered reputation and good name to good health.
Defending a rogue 'teacher' brings no glory or pride to the profession. The fact the rogue has a wife, five children, a cat and two dogs to feed should be of consideration whatever.  He or she happens to be in the wrong job. Such 'teachers' need to change their ways or told to seek alternative employment.
Some 'teachers' still appear to have their head in the sand and conveniently - if not out of sheer arrogance, delusional self-importance and contempt for the High Court - oppose the ban law. This must change.
It's been close to seven years since corporal punishment in Bangladesh schools and madrasahs was brought to my attention by 'whistle-blowers' Rajowl Karim and Oli Ullah. Their stories inspired me to campaign against the senseless cruelty. The two boys would have graduated with first-class honours from the Edward Snowden Whistle-blower's Academy, had it existed then!
They informed me in graphic detail of the horrors of corporal punishment that they and their schoolmates faced daily in their local hellhole educational institutions. Oli attended a government primary school and Rajowl, the Romoni Kumar Pait High School, both located in Haydarabad, Gazipur. Oli was beaten so severely by a crazed 'teacher' when he was 12 that he never returned to school again. Six years after the law that prohibits corporal punishment, the cruelty and beatings continue. How sad, how very sad.
In every child there are the makings of a saint. It's absurd to have such heavenly qualities beaten out of children and hell beaten-in. It's time to cleanse the education system of all, that which ails it. It's time to stop corporal punishment in Bangladesh forever - no excuses.
(Sir Frank Peters is a former newspaper and magazine publisher and editor, an award-winning writer, a humanitarian, human rights activist and a Goodwill Ambassador and Senior Adviser to European and Saudi royalty.)

0 Comments. Share your thoughts also.
Write a comment
Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Editorial »

Fake insulins causing more sufferings to many


DESPITE the irregular crackdown on adulterated drugs, the business of illicit, substandard, counterfeit and life-endangering medicines is becoming rampant enough to  pose a severe public health danger in the country. A New Nation report on Thursday said fake insulin injections, a life-saving hormone for diabetic patients, have flooded the medicine ...

Sports »

Open Women`s Volleyball Competition begins


Sports Reporter :The Popular Life Insurance Dhaka Metropolis Open Women's Volleyball Competition began at the Volleyball Stadium on Saturday.Managing Director of Popular Life Insurance Company Limited BM Yousuf Ali inaugurated the meet as the chief guest. General Secretary of Bangladesh Volleyball Federation (BVF) and Deputy-Secretary General of Bangladesh Olympic Association ...

Cricket »

Mustafiz gets his rhythm and confidence


Sports Reporter :'Wonder Boy' Mustafizur Rahman has got his rhythm and confidence. Members of Bangladesh National Cricket team took part in their practice session at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur on Saturday. After the practice session Mustafizur Rahman said, " I played two matches in Bangladesh Cricket League ...

City »

Family members of those who were killed in BDR mutiny seeking divine blessings for the departed soul after placing floral wreaths at their graves. The snap was taken from the city`s Banani Army Graveyard on Saturday.


Sports »

Monica Puig of Portugal returns the ball to Yaroslavl Shvedova of Kazakhstan during the Dubai Tennis Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on Monday.


.

International »

Democrats elect new leader to lead campaign against Trump, Republicans


AP, Washington :Democrats have tapped former Gov. Steve Beshear to deliver the party's response to President Donald Trump's address to a joint session of Congress Tuesday night, highlighting the Kentucky Democrat's efforts to expand health care coverage under the law Republicans are determined to repeal and replace.Senate Minority Leader Chuck ...

Entertainment »

Sara Ali Khan will not debut in SOTY 2


The industry was abuzz with news that Sara Ali Khan will debut in SOTY 2 opposite Tiger Shroff and her making a public appearance with Karan Johar at Shahid Kapoor's bash kind of sealed the deal. But insiders reveal that Saif Ali Khan's pretty lil' doll doesn't want to debut ...

Editorial »

VIPs should concern with public safety, not their own special safety


IN a bid to boost the existing security facilities to our VIPs - Ministers, Members of Parliament, state Ministers, Deputy ministers and judges for that matter - the government is about to form a special police unit. The police headquarters have submitted a proposal to the Home Ministry in this ...

City »

Secretary of Rural Development and Cooperatives Division Dr Proshanto Kumar Roy, among others, at an orientation on 'Role of One House, One Farm in Achieving SDGs' in CIRDAP Auditorium in the city on Friday.


.

Entertainment »

Is Deepika doing the remake of Mr & Mrs Smith?


Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone on Thursday negated the reports that she was doing the official remake of Hollywood movie Mr & Mrs Smith. “Well, let’s set the record straight because there have been a lot of rumours regarding a lot of films I am supposedly doing. I think usually there ...

Cricket »

O`Keefe, Smith flatten India on day 2 in 1st Test


AFP, Pune :Left-arm spinner Steve Keefe grabbed a career-best haul of 6-35 to put Australia on top before skipper Steve Smith compounded India's misery with an unbeaten fifty in the first Test in Pune Friday.The visitors reached 143-4 at stumps on day two, which saw a total of 15 wickets ...

International »

White House adviser asks FBI to refute Russia story


AP, Washington :White House chief of staff Reince Priebus asked a top FBI official to dispute media reports that President Donald Trump's campaign advisers were frequently in touch with Russian intelligence agents during the election, a White House official said late Thursday.The official said Priebus' request came after the FBI ...

International »

Putin wants to stabilise Syria's 'legitimate' power


AFP, Moscow :Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Moscow's goal in Syria was to "stabilise the legitimate authority" and strike a "decisive blow" against terrorism."We have no plans to interfere in Syria's internal affairs," he told a group of naval officers returning from Syria, where six years of war ...

Editorial »

Mr Trump`s `demonising` policies threatening world peace


THE mass deportation that President Donald Trump has pressed in the past several days is only spreading fear and dividing the American nation. The Amnesty International's annual report, presented last Wednesday in Paris has objectively pointed out how the US President Donald Trump and some others like Philippine President Rodrigo ...

Football »

A moment of the Dhaka Metropolis Saif Power Tec Second Division Football League between City Club and Shantinagar Club at the Bir Shreshtha Shaheed Sepoy Mohammad Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur on Thursday. City Club won the match by 6-1 goals.


 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news