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Survey finds teachers still hitting students

Survey finds teachers still hitting students

More than 52 percent of elementary and junior middle school pupils in Taiwan, around 1.45 million pupils, have experienced corporal punishment in school in the first half of this year, according to the results of a survey released yesterday.
The Humanistic Education Foundation conducted the survey between mid-April and the end of May among 1,817 students from 302 elementary schools and 62 students from 161 junior middle schools around Taiwan. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus two percentage points at a 95 percent level of confidence.
Executives of the foundation deplored the widespread use of physical punishment in schools despite the fact that the Education Basic Law was amended near the end of 2006 to ban any form of corporal punishment in school.
The survey shows that 27.3 percent of the respondents said they were punished with blows to the body, such as flogging, spanking, slapping of the face, pinching or jabbing.
Some teachers ordered other pupils to hit their classmates for their misbehaviour or asked pupils being punished to slap each other's face.
Although the 27.3 percent represented a substantial drop from the 51 percent seriously physical punishment rate for 2005, foundation officials indicated that they take no satisfaction in the figure.
In addition to physical punishment, 35 percent of the pupils said they were subjected to a mild form of punishment - standing in a corner for 10 minutes or longer. Another 15 percent said they were deprived of food and water or not allowed to go to the restroom, while 12.3 percent said they were ordered to do squat jumps or pushups as punishment.
The survey also found that Taichung County has the highest physical punishment rate at 69.1 percent, while Taipei City's rate of 36.7 percent is the lowest among all cities and counties in Taiwan.