Yesterday I mentioned already that some government officials and even teachers are not interested in really educating the students of the next generation. There is a lot of corruption and I often feel that teachers only do this job like every other, for one reason: to earn money. As a teacher however you should have a heart for children, you should have the wish to give them a good future through education. This is unfortunately not the main wish of many teachers.
Two days ago we saw very shocking news on TV. A teacher of the ‘Police Modern School’ in Haridwar slashed the ears of about 40 children with a blade. The teacher was teaching primary school children of the 3rd and 4th grade. They had been playing while they should be listening to him and had not done their homework. So he took a blade and made cuts in the back of their ears.
The school management did not take any action but now, after the media reported about this, the police will investigate further.
When I see these pictures, my heart is hurting. How many times have I written about corporal punishment, about the beating, the hitting and the humiliation that happens daily in Indian schools? How can a person be so cruel to small children? Not out of the anger of a moment, but with full calculation and thought he cut the ears of not only one, no, of 40 children! Is this a teacher or a torturer? Such a brutal and calculated action, creating scars for a lifetime. This kind of person does not care even a little bit about this child, his feelings and his fear and pain. He should be arrested and I hope this will be the result of the police investigations so that other teachers also get a lesson through this.
And now think, even with all the support that you can get, even if you don’t have to pay a penny to go to school, if your teachers threaten to cut your ears, why would you go to class? Really, why would anybody come to school just to get beaten, shouted at and have their ears and other body parts slashed with blades? If a child has once seen a teacher give such a cruel punishment, he or she may easily get afraid that the teacher may hurt them even more.
What do you think how many children don’t come to school because they are afraid of punishment? Corporal punishment has to be stopped, too, in order to increase literacy in India. Schools like ours, in which the school administration takes care that no child is beaten or abused, are rare. There is a law against corporal punishment but it seems like the government does not care enough to actually enforce it. Until they care, it will go on everywhere around us here in India.
In the video below you will see the children, their ears and the teacher who cut them. Even if you don’t understand the language, the pictures are enough to tell you the story.