Iran: Nearly 2000 complaints Recorded over school Corporal Punishment in 2014-15

Iran: Nearly 2000 complaints Recorded over school Corporal Punishment in 2014-15

Published by on November 4, 2016

school-2-200According to the head of Ministry of Education’s Office of Assessment and Responding to Complaints, regarding the school corporal punishment, a total of 1,924 complaints have been recorded in the past two years of which 1,274 cases have been recognized as ‘justifiable’.
According to ILNA news agency, Rahim Mirshah Valad said on Saturday October 15, that a total of 80 thousand complaints have been recorded in the past two years over different issues, 1,249 of which have been related to physical punishment in 2014. In 2015, however, the number of complaints in this regard has been nearly halved to 675 cases.
Mirshah Valad said that of 1, 924 complaints recorded in the past two years, 1,274 cases have been recognized as ‘justifiable’ and the other 650 as ‘unjustifiable’.
In this regard, according to MirShahValad, 36 cases have been submitted to the Board of Administrative Offences. Besides, 186 written and 518 verbal warnings have been given to teachers by the Ministry of Education and 152 teachers have obtained the plaintiffs’ consents.
MirShahValad also announced that ‘a report is being prepared’ regarding the physical punishment of a student in Tehran district 9, which led to the student’s broken head.
Recently, ‘Rooydad 24’ website had reported that a student named Mohammad Reza Taheri has been beaten by his teacher at a school located in Tehran district 9, which has led to Taheri’s head being broken.
The student has told ‘Rooydad 24’ that his teacher hit him so that his head hit the class door and ended up with a ‘broken forehead with three stitches’.
In recent days, there have been reports of students being beaten in Golestan, Sistan and Baluchestan and Kerman provinces.
In this regard, Mohammad Mehdi Zahedi, Kerman representative and the chairman of Parliament’s Education and Research Commission, announced on Saturday October 15 that in order to investigate these reports, a number of representatives will soon be sent to Kerman, Sistan and Baluchestan and Golestan provinces and the teachers involved will be introduced to judicial authorities for investigations in case their violations are authenticated.


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