Corporal Punishment in Bangladesh School System: An Analytical Appraisal of Elimination Strategy Directions.

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      Corporal punishment in Bangladesh schools--especially in the primary and secondary levels-- presents a demonstration of power and authority on the part of the perpetrators. It is still widely prevalent due to absence of strategic directions, and lax legal sanction and weaker 'media representation'. Despite the fact that the corporal punishment is often perceived as a long unchallenged culturally approved disciplining measure in educational institutions; contemporary Bangladesh society deserves a reversal of the practice. There is an emerging consciousness among the parents, guardians and social change agents against corporal punishment in school systems. Such consciousness is still latent, disjointed, minimalist and nonfunctional due to lack of platforms for airing 'collective voices'. As Newspapers have been remaining silent, inactive and least critical of cultural approval of abuse in school systems-- 'collective consciousness' remains absent in public spheres. This state consequently poses a barrier to formation of a credible momentum against corporal punishment. It is an assertion that elimination of corporal punishment nowadays is dependent on large-scale media representation alongside imposition of legal prohibitions. The strategic directions, therefore, need to be subjective and advocacy-driven per excellence. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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