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Anantnag Teachers Face Stern Action, Including Incarceration, for Corporal Punishment: CEO

Srinagar, May 15 – In a significant development, Chief Education Officer (CEO) of Anantnag has announced that teachers involved in corporal punishment may be subjected to stern disciplinary action, including possible incarceration.

The CEO’s statement came after a meeting convened by the Deputy Commissioner of Anantnag, which involved Heads of Institutions (HOIs) and Zonal Education Officers. The CEO highlighted that corporal punishment is strictly banned in all educational establishments under the provisions of the Right to Education Act of 2009. Violations of these norms will not be tolerated, and severe consequences will be imposed on erring teachers, possibly including imprisonment.

Emphasizing the need for a supportive environment, the CEO recommended that parents be informed of any student misconduct for proper counseling. Additionally, student attendance was identified as a top priority, and each school was instructed to appoint a School Nodal Officer responsible for liaising with parents to address and overcome absenteeism. These officers will provide regular updates to the CEO’s office through the HOIs and relevant Zonal Education Officers.

Furthermore, the CEO stressed the importance of holding monthly parent-teacher meetings in every institution within the district. Such meetings foster effective communication and cooperation between educators and parents, contributing to the overall development of students.

To ensure holistic growth and enhance 21st-century skills among children, the CEO urged schools to schedule various activities, including competitions, debates, and discussions, encompassing curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular aspects. This approach aims to equip students with comprehensive abilities that enable them to compete at national and international levels.

During the meeting, the CEO also highlighted the ongoing inspections of schools by relevant departments to assess their safety for students. Any potential hazards, such as exposed electric wires, transformers, or open wells, must be immediately reported for appropriate action.

The CEO underlined the significance of proper school uniforms and books, urging schools to ensure their availability and report any deficiencies promptly. Students were also urged to maintain a neat and clean appearance in their uniforms at all times, promoting discipline and professionalism.

The HOIs were directed to adopt a learner-centered approach to education, avoiding rigid seating arrangements that stigmatize certain students. As part of this approach, every student should be given the opportunity to express their thoughts during morning assemblies on a rotational basis.

To enhance the learning ecosystem, the CEO instructed complex and cluster heads to organize inter-school student exchange programs. Such initiatives will facilitate knowledge sharing and create a conducive environment for academic growth within and around the cluster or complex levels.

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