Sri Lanka child authority to take tough action against corporal punishment in schools

Sri Lanka’s National Child Protection Authority says it will take tough action against schools subjecting students to corporal punishment.

In response to a complaint made by a student National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) is carrying out an investigation in relation to an incident in an International School where nine children had been made to kneel down and their ears were pulled by a teacher as punishment for forgetting to bring their Reading book.

NCPA Chairperson Attorney at Law Marini de Livera says such cruel and degrading treatment is a violation of Article 11 of the Constitution of Sri Lanka.

“Positive Discipline methods enumerated in Circular No. 2016/12 issued by the Ministry of Education should be resorted to, by all teachers in Sri Lanka where non-violent means such as advising the child and speaking to the parents among other things have been set out in this circular as a means of facilitating a sense of decorum and discipline in classrooms,” the NCPA said in a statement.

In 1990, Sri Lanka also became a party to the United Nations Child Rights Convention (UNCRC) where state parties have taken on legal obligations to take all appropriate legislative, administrative, social and educational measures to protect her children from all forms of physical or mental violence, injury, abuse or maltreatment.

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