Primary school students read the textbooks on the first day of a new semester on February 21, 2021 in Lianyungang, Jiangsu Province of China. Photo Credit: VCG/Getty Images

Society China12. March 2021

“No More Cruel Punishments at School,” Says Ministry of Education

In China, lacking positive vibes or making an arithmetic mistake will no longer carry a severe punishment since teachers are no longer allowed to inflict physical or mental pain to students.

From now on, children will have to write a letter of apology for minor offences, such as forgetting to do a homework. As for more severe offences like bullying, students will either be suspended or encouraged to undergo counselling.

Corporal punishment have been banned in China since 1986, but without being enforced up to now. Under the Ministry of Education’s new rules, the initial ban will be reinforced, and humiliation will no longer be tolerated. Moreover, the National People’s Congress intend to also ban corporal punishment at home under a new family education law.

Channel News Asia

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