‘Be wrong and you'll be punished harshly’: Middle school teacher
A history teacher at a middle school in Gyeonggi Province hit students who failed to answer short essay questions correctly, causing a controversy.
“In early May, when the midterm was over, students were hit with a cane (30cm long and 1cm in diameter) on the palms of their hands by the teacher for their wrong answers,” said one female student Monday. She added the teacher smacked students by the number of their wrong answers up to nine.
"Before the exam the teacher said, 'I taught you well. I also gave you many hints for the exam questions. So if you get a wrong answer this means you didn't put enough effort into studying,’” she said. The teacher warned about the physical punishment as he said, “It’s my strict principle to revenge thoroughly,” according to the student. But she said,“Is missing some questions that bad to be avenged?"
He reportedly admitted the corporal punishment. "I wanted them to study, so I punished them physically after warning them,” he said. However, he denied the actual meaning of his remark. “I made that comment as a joke to emphasize that they will be punished if they don't do it right," replied the teacher, who also hit students after finals, and when they didn't turn in their assignments on time.
Corporal punishment was banned on March 18, 2011, but some teachers are still hitting their students.