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Taiwan teachers abuse students despite ban: Poll

Published on Nov 22, 2012 5:54 PM

TAIPEI (AFP) - Many Taiwanese teachers beat their students, force them into stress positions or subject them to abusive language despite an islandwide ban on such punishments, a survey said on Thursday.

More than 95 per cent of students in junior high school reported witnessing teachers imposing this type of irregular punishment in the classroom, said the survey conducted by the non-profit Humanistic Education Foundation.

About 30 per cent of the 1,122 junior high schoolers interviewed by the foundation said they themselves had received corporal punishment at schools, along with 24 per cent of the 1,112 elementary schoolers surveyed.

The survey results suggest that a ban on physical and verbal punishments introduced in Taiwanese schools in 2006 is being widely ignored.

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