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POSTED | 10:09 AM | 01-02-2015

Record number of Japanese teachers disciplined

A record high number of teachers were disciplined for using corporal punishment on their students in Japan in fiscal 2013, according to a survey by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

According to the survey, 3,953 teachers were suspended or fired for hitting 8,880 students at 2,848 schools -- the highest number ever recorded, Japan Today reported on Sunday (1 Feb 2015).

The survey also showed that the number of teachers suspended or fired for having screamed inappropriate and/or hurtful words at their pupils was 205, while 20 teachers were punished for sexual offenses, the ministry said.

The survey was prompted by an incident in December of 2012, when a student of the Osaka Municipal Sakuramiya High School committed suicide after having repeatedly received corporal punishment at the hands of his teachers.

Commenting on the survey results, Education Minister Hakubun Shimomura told a news conference: “Such things should not be permitted in our country and we should strive to teach our children without the use of violence.”

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