Sri Lanka child authority warns teachers and principals of tough action against physical and mental cruelty to children

Sri Lanka child authority warns teachers and principals of tough action against physical and mental cruelty to children

Sri Lanka’s agency on children welfare, National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) yesterday warned the principals and teachers of Sri Lanka’s schools against inflicting physical and mental cruelty and degrading treatment on children.

Chairperson of National Child Protection Authority Attorney at Law Marini de Livera issuing a statement said there appears to be a high prevalence of violence against children in educational and other institutions.

The Chairperson urged all teachers and principals to be sensitive to the needs of children.

Research has shown that children who have been exposed to violence show excessive irritability, emotional distress and also in extreme cases develop criminal violent tendencies, the official noted.

The circular issued by the Ministry of Education in 2016 (Circular No 12 issued on 29/04/2016) has outlawed physical punishment and has outlined methods of positive discipline, such as advising children, talking to parents and guardians limiting privileges enjoyed by the child.

The NCPA hopes to create awareness about the contents of the circular through its street drama group and workshops for teachers and principals with the use of techniques such as role play.

The NCPA urged the general public to inform of violence against children through its 24 hours toll-free helpline 1929.

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