PESHAWAR: District Education officer (female), Mardan on Saturday suspended a school teacher over the alleged corporal punishment in Takht-e-Bhai.
The school teacher was identified as Safia, a teacher at Government Girls Primary School No.1 Takht-e- Bhai district was accused by the family of Manahil, a student of class-1, that she was brutally tortured.
After the video went viral on social media, the competent authority suspended the school teacher. She was served a show cause notice. The notification issued in this regards said that the action has been taken against her after the issue was highlighted through social media.
District Education Officer (SDEO) female Tehsil Takht-e- Bhai said in the notification that corporal punishment to a student is a grave violation of rules and regulation of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa education department. Safia has been asked to submit written reply to concern office within 15 days of delivery of this show cause-notice otherwise action would be taken against violation of rules.
On April 16, a female school teacher, who was accused of beating a 5th class student, was suspended by district education officer, in Katlang area of district Mardan. Father of the student, Saifullah, registered a case against Aalia, the school, teacher for allegedly beating up his daughter during the exam injuring her ear.
On the complaint of girl’s father, Katlang police had registered an FIR against the 17-grade school teacher. Her father had also requested the education department to take action against the school teacher as “she has put fear among the little children and discourages them to attend the school regularly.”
The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has banned corporal punishment in schools in the province. In this regard, the government has also passed a bill making corporal punishment illegal. The act is applicable to both private and government-run schools, and those who violate the law are liable to be punished for up to six months in jail and a fine of Rs 50,000.