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SOCIAL IMPACT OF CORPORAL PUNISHMENT ON STUDENTS IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS: A CASE STUDY OF SELECTED BOYS SCHOOLS IN MULTAN DISTRICT

Safdar Hussain*, Niaz Muhammad**

Abstract
The study was conducted on investigating the impacts of corporal
punishment on students, with major emphasis on its nature, kinds and
effects on students, with special focus on grades 9th and 10th students of
the selected boys’ schools in district Multan.The major objective of the
study was to identify the social and other impacts of the corporal
punishment on the students of the above mentioned classes. This study is
first of its nature in district Multan. The total sample size taken from
students, teachers and parents were 607. It was found that corporal
punishment remained a hurdle in developing good teacher-student
relationship, character building; increased dropout rate, discouragement of
learning environment, hatred impression for teachers, impaired interest
in their students study. Moreover, corporal punishment became the major
cause for creating aggressive attitude, nervousness among students; it
lowered their academic achievement and created psychological trauma.
The study recommends the abolition of corporal punishment and strict
implementation of the existing law. Teachers need to be made aware of the
negative results of corporal punishment through training programs.

Keyword: Corporal punishment, social impact, students, Multan.