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Report Highlights Sexual Abuse By Teachers To Students

A report published by Plan, an international organization which monitors abuse of children including teacher-student relations, indicates millions of children are threatened with receiving poor grades unless they provide sexual favors to teachers. Plan believes sexual violence is institutionalized in many schools throughout Africa and teachers are brutalizing and threatening children to grant them sex or face the consequences. The report suggests many children who have been forced into sex by teachers are more likely to get AIDS and have a higher suicide rate than other children. Plan argues that 90 nations continue to allow teachers to inflict physical harm to children they deem to have misbehaved. In the long run, corporal punishment simply makes violence part of school life.

Tom Miller, Chief Executive Officer of Plan, notes: “This report presents shocking and irrefutable evidence that children across the globe are regularly sexually and physically abused by the v ery adults who have a duty to protect them. Violence in schools was too often viewed as acceptable or necessary by education authorities, parents, and governments.”

During my 52 years as a teacher of secondary and college students, I have never once felt the need to inflict physical punishment on a child.

Migrant Childen In China-UnSeen, Unheard

Nobody knows how many migrant children are currently in Beijing but estimates suggest there are nearly 20 million in China. In fact, there are still no accurate figures as to the number of migrant workers and some estimates range into figures over one hundred million. Migrant children confront a number of difficult situations since their parents may be engaged in seasonal work and have to move on regardless of where in the school term it occurs. Geng Ting, 11, noted: “I was happy to rejoin my parents, but unwillng to leave friends I’d grown up with.”

During her three years in Beijing, she has attended five schools but now, attends a special school in Beijing for migrant children. “I sometimes lose my temper with my parents for changing schools so often as I’ve just built up relationships with teachers and friends and then have to leave. It means I have to do this all over again.” Migrants fear authority and many will not even register their children in school for fear it might effect their migrant status and lead to being returned to their home village.

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