12. Sit Down, Keep Quite

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Sit down. Keep Quite.
This is very wrong. Wrong in two counts.

Firstly, it’s quiet, not quite. Sadly, the “Keep Quite” expression has remained deeply engraved in most of the Nepalese teachers’ subconscious, more so in primary teachers’. Nani dekhi laageko baani, it’s hard to correct; unless the teacher wants to do it.

And secondly, teachers usually yell out this military like instruction. Sit down. Keep quite. Don’t make noise. Don’t move your head. Stay still. Don’t talk. And common sense dictates, shouting never works, especially with younger students. If you continue shouting at the students, you will surely be beating your forehead forever. Because, shouting is just a momentary solution. The practice of shouting probably comes from the traditional notion that a teacher must be able to keep the classroom noise-less at all time. Noisy classroom means ineffective teacher. As a teacher, you must be able to make your students obedient and silent.

Times are changing though. Teachers/School Management must dump this notion into the rubbish-can. And, there must a better way of handling the noisemakers and the troublemakers in the classroom. There has to be one.


Is ‘shouting/yelling’ at the students also a form of punishment?

Meanwhile, here’s an extract from an article on corporal punishment prevalent in Nepali schools. The full article can be read here.

What types of Corporal Punishment is given in Nepalese Schools:
Scolding, verbal abuse
Making the students sit in a discomfort position
Locking them in toilet/other room
Slapping a child by his/her own classmate (sic)
Making them stand for long time at side of the door, corner of room, on bench and ground
Pulling hairs and cheek
Twisting the ears
Hitting with the objects on any part of the body (like duster over the head)
Throwing some objects at child
Discrimination of equal participation because of caste group or gender
Hitting with stick on palm, back, head, legs, etc.
Preventing students from entering the classroom for a while
Squeezing a pen/pencil between the fingers
Pinching, Hanging, kicking
Making them lean against a tree and tying up with the rope
Making the students run around the school premises or playground many times

[Beat your forehead: people in Nepal often slap (sometimes repeatedly) their forehead with an open-palm, to show desperation, annoyance, exasperation, grief, anger, etc.]

2 thoughts on “12. Sit Down, Keep Quite

  1. I’ve been subject to 14 of the above corporal punishments during my school days in Ktm LOL. I didn’t mind not being able to enter the classroom though. It meant I didn’t have to listen to the boring lectures for at least a 10-15 minutes. The worst punishment I got was when I was in hostel, once I had to go without food for the whole day because I took longer than the allocated time to wash up in the morning. Another one I can still remember is having to kneel down in front of the whole school for half a day (quite painful). There were some more that are still etched on my mind. The more I was punished the more rebellious I got and I was up to no good as a school student. For me it was like me versus the teachers. Although I used to have excellent rapport with teachers who did not practice corporal punishments. Unfortunately for me, there weren’t a lot of them around at the time. Surprisingly my grades were good inspite of being one of the most punished students in the school.

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