All children are children of God who are entitled to dignity and respect
Ignorance lacks empathy and compassion. Where there’s ignorance, there will always be violence; it just makes matters worse when there are people openly teaching it in the classrooms
There’s no need or justification to debate corporal punishment. It can’t be any more wrong than the wrong that it is
Sir Frank Peters
A schoolteacher in Tanzania has been sentenced to death for causing the death of a school pupil through “malicious and zealous” use of corporal punishment.
High Court Judge Lameck Mlacha convicted Respicius Patrick Mutazangira (51), a teacher at
Respicius Patrick Mutazangira, 51, was found guilty of murder early this month (March 06) for killing 14-year-old student
The case has sparked outrage and reignited the debate on corporal punishment in schools in Tanzania.
Delivering his ruling, Judge Lameck Mlacha found Mtazangira “guilty beyond reasonable doubt of the crime of voluntary homicide” and sentenced him to death.
The judge added that the teacher had acted maliciously when he repeatedly hit the child with a blunt object, the BBC reports.
In some rare cases, their willingness to live was zapped from their tender souls and they committed suicide to escape.
Can happen in Bangladesh
Make no mistake, what happened to young
In an environment where corporal punishment is
There’s another incident where the Deputy Principal of St. Peter’s Kandara Boys’ High School accused an 18-year-old of being noisy and gave him four strokes of the cane on his buttocks. He had to have one of his testicles removed.
There are many such cases, some even more ugly than those, which are never reported.
Loss of, or damage to, eyesight… perforated eardrums… broken fingers, hands, arms & legs, wounds, scars, dislocated shoulders, dislocated collarbones, twisted spines
No doubt many of the cruel evil acts were not intended to have such horrific results, but the ‘teachers’ were caught-up
Cruelty not intended
Corporal punishment can and does cause pain, suffering
It is said there are many problems in the Bangladesh education system and no doubt the Minister of Education, Dr. Dipu Moni, is looking into them. Irrespective of what these problems are, however, there is absolutely NO justification whatsoever for including corporal punishment in the sordid unpalatable mix. It is never, never, never right to hit a child.
On January 13, 2011, a law was introduced to protect what is commonly referred to as ‘the supreme assets of Bangladesh’ – the children.
High Court Divisional bench comprising of Justice Md. Imman Ali and Justice Md. Sheikh Hassan Arif outlawed corporal punishment in Bangladesh schools and madrassahs declaring it to be: “cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and a clear violation of a child’s fundamental right to life, liberty
There’s been a lot of talk over the years erroneously equating corporal punishment to discipline and reducing the horrific sordid
That great Bangladeshi and illustrious intellectual Rabindranath Tagore, who abhorred corporal punishment in all settings, said: “To discipline means to teach, not to punish”. How many Bangladeshi ‘teachers’ and Imams know this or pay heed?
Remember, other Bangladeshi intellectuals, Justices Md. Imman Ali and Md. Sheikh Hassan Arif described corporal punishment in schools and madrassahs as: “cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and a clear violation of a child’s fundamental right to life, liberty
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina
Just recently, while inaugurating the National Primary Education Week 2019, our beloved Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina found a strong resonant voice within her spiritual self and firmly called upon all “not to exert additional pressure on the tender-hearted children for studying instead of giving them education with joy”.
She went on to say:
“Additional pressure shouldn’t be put on tender-hearted children for studying. It should be taken
It is impossible for cheerfulness and play to coexist alongside corporal punishment. Rid the classrooms of corporal punishment and the joy of learning begins.
It will also come as no surprise to the internationally-celebrated Prime Minister and good mother that their little bodies are tender, too, and not made – mentally or physically – to withstand the physical cruelty of corporal punishment by brutish ignorant law-breaking ‘teachers’ and Imams.
If we are to believe that children are human. We must also accept they have feelings similar to our own. What adult do you know who welcomes being slapped in the face with a shoe; kicked, hair-pulled, ears-twisted, beaten across the head with a metal scale or other ways abused?
It is wrong so many children have suffered so cruelly from the ignorance of corporal punishment over the decades and for many, physically and mentally, to carry scars throughout their life.
It is wrong that children still suffer from the ignorance of some ‘teachers’ and Imams. Just by addressing this one issue alone with sincerity will help build a society in Bangladesh that will make everyone proud and productive.
[Sir Frank Peters is a former newspaper and magazine publisher and editor, a royal goodwill ambassador, a humanitarian and a respected foreign non-political friend of Bangladesh.]