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In order to promote education, children expect that political aspirants and leaders should playa proactive role to ensure quality education, establishmore schools in remote areas, develop school infrastructure, recruit better qualified teachers, stop corporal punishment, ensurestipend and free education for children.
On corporal punishment, 81 per cent of children opined that teacher’s accountability must be ensured to stop corporal punishment and 77per cent of both urban and rural children said that enforcement of the law would be useful to stop corporal punishment in school.
Many children were found to have stopped going to school because of corporal punishment. Students from the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) demanded strong laws to eliminate corporal punishment in the schools as well as awareness programme for the teachers.
“100 students in one room with only one teacher will not result in effective learning,” said a boy child in a tea garden .
Interestingly, most children demanded elimination of the discriminatory attitudes towards children of economically insolvent families in schools. They said teachers sometimes give extra attention to student coming from political or rich families while students from insolvent families get neglected.
Girls specially mentioned about disturbances in roads (eve teasing) while they go to schools. They expect political aspirants and leaders to find out appropriate measures so that they can move around without any fear. But some were not very hopeful in this regard: “Politicians will not stop eve teasing. Mostly their children do this, so if they take initiative to stop it, their relatives will be punished and their image will weigh down,” said a girl child of a qwami madrassa.