China decided to ban teachers, as of Monday, from inflicting any punishment on students, which could cause physical or mental trauma, after the death of students in recent years due to severe punishment.
The new rules published by the Chinese Ministry of Education prohibit the directing of humiliating punishments for students in schools, and thus reinforce an already existing ban on forms of corporal punishment.
Prohibited practices include beating with sticks or forcing students to remain standing or kneeling on the ground for hours, in addition to verbally insulting them.
The new rules encourage students to write a letter of apology or carry out tasks in the classroom in the event that they commit minor violations, including not completing school assignments, for example, and for those who commit greater violations, including physical harassment, they can be temporarily deprived of following up on lessons or following them. From psychologists.
The ministry did not clarify how it intends to punish teachers who do not respect its recommendations.
The Chinese public media regularly publishes news of cases of children who die because of abuse by their teachers or commit suicide for being humiliated in public at school.
It is also expected to pass a new law on family education that prohibits corporal punishment, after the approval of the deputies during the annual plenary session of the National People’s Assembly (Chinese parliament), which begins on Friday.