China's parliament is considering a law that would bar teachers from insulting their students. The government believes the law may be neccesary because of widespread complaints of humiliation in the classroom, according to the Xinhua News Agency.
If the parliament decides to go through with passing the law, it would “ban teachers from insulting and physically punishing their students,” the Xinhua News Agency said. It said the ban was part of an amendment to a law on child protection being considered by the National People's Congress.
Violators could be fired or given administrative punishments. It is unclear what exactly the law means by “insults.”
A survey conducted last year by an official youth committee found that “Chinese teachers often humiliate their pupils,” the news agency said.
It added that the study found that “81.45 percent of primary school students listed insults from teachers as their most serious problem.”
The issue is a serious one in China. A 17-year-old student committed suicide in 2004 after being humiliated by a teacher in front of her classmates, according to the report. (AP)
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