Japan’s Education Ministry revealed on Tuesday that 2,253 public school teachers have received reprimands for imposing corporal punishment on their students for the academic year 2012. This is a record number, 5.6 times more than the previous year, as the ministry continues to crack down on abusive teachers in the public school system following several highly reported incidents.
The ministry started conducting stricter surveys early this year after an incident in January where a high school student in Osaka took his own life after receiving regular harsh physical punishments from his teacher. An earlier report from the ministry showed that 5,415 teachers physically punished their students at various public elementary, junior high and senior high schools this year, 13.4 more than the previous one. More than half of them were reprimanded in 2013 so they are not part of the 2012 statistics. 176 teachers received tough disciplinary sanctions, with three of them being dismissed, while the rest got off lightly, receiving only warnings.
501 teachers also received reprimands for verbal abuse and other inappropriate actions, which is 98 more than the previous year. All in all, for both public and private schools, a total of 10,827 teachers received reprimands in academic year 2012, with 206 being fired, 119 charged with indecency and 46 with traffic accidents. Other data the ministry showed is that 4,960 teachers took a leave of absence due to mental disorders, including depression, during the 2012 academic year. This was the first time such numbers have fallen below 5,000 in five years.
[ via Mainichi ]