Excluding a Child From School, the Gravest Crime
a child from school may ring the death knell of his/her mental health, teachers
and schools have been warned. An extensive study of more than a thousand kids
have shown how deeply distressing it can be to a child to exclude him from
school. Research by the University of Exeter, UK, published in the journal Psychological
Medicine found that mental disorders may be a consequence of exclusion from
Prof. Tamsin Ford, the author, warned that excluded children can develop a range of mental disorders, including depression and anxiety as well as behavioural disturbance. The impact or consequences of excluding a child from his right to education and progress is often long-term. This can cause irreparable damage to the child and turn him or her into an anti-social adult.
What causes exclusion is a student’s consistently poor performance in class. Prof. Ford, who practises as a child and adolescent psychiatrist, said it’s up to educators to identify such students and provide them the much-needed support rather than send them packing from schools which may trigger off serious mental instabilities later on.