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October 07, 2017 Saturday 10:10:01 AM IST

Excluding a Child From School, the Gravest Crime

Teacher Insights

Excluding 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 school.

 

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.

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