Mumbai, July 9: The Maharashtra government is working on eliminating corporal punishment, said reports on Monday. Working in the direction, the state Education Department has asked the Primary and Secondary Education Departments to conduct workshops for teachers, principals of all boards and school management, reported DNA. (Also read: Mumbai Schools Closed For The Day) Also Read - Mumbai News: Amid Staff Crunch Due to Rising COVID Cases, City to Outsource ICU Services to Private Bidders

For workshops, the departments would be using guidelines by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) of Women and Child Development Ministry as pointers. Corporal punishment was banned ten years ago but is still practised in an odd school. Mumbai School Principal’s Association general secretary Prashant Redij said: “We don’t support corporal punishment. It was banned ten years ago in the country. But some teachers have to keep a ruler in their hand just to inculcate discipline in students. Handling 40 students in one class is not an easy task. Why should such guidelines be there for only school teachers and principals? It should be applicable to parents and tuition teachers as well.” Also Read - Good News For Mumbaikars! No Prescription Needed For COVID-19 Test | Know Details

Parents Teacher Association, United Forum, president Arundhati Chavan told the daily: “Physical harassment was stopped long back when corporal punishment was banned. But it still happens in schools in rural areas. In cities, teachers use mental harassment rather than physical.” Meanwhile, child health experts were happy with the move. “We welcome training of teachers! This will make education more humane, and also enforce child rights in the country,” said Indian Academy of Pediatrics president Dr Santosh Soans said. Also Read - Robot to The Rescue: Robotic Trolley 'Gollar' Serves Medicines, Food at Quarantine Ward in Mumbai