Rise in British kids' violent behaviour in schools

Last Updated: Sat, Jan 26, 2013 15:50 hrs

London, Jan 26 (IANS) There is rise in violent behaviour of pupils in British schools, as figures have revealed an average 40 primary schoolchildren are expelled every day for attacking the school staff.

The violence is so endemic that exclusions for assaulting teachers are now more common in primaries than in secondary schools, Daily Mail reported.

A total of 8,030 pupils, aged five to 11, received the sanction in 2010-11, which is a 15 percent rise over four years, according to official statistics.

According to teaching unions, the statistics could be an underestimate since the staff are discouraged from reporting assaults for fear of damaging their school's reputation.

Some British parliamentarians believe that the figures are a depressing insight into a decline in pupil behaviour at schools.

"These figures are extraordinary. It shows an utter lack of discipline for children at a very young age," said Philip Davies, Tory MP. "It is a sad indictment on the state of our society, the lack of discipline, the lack of respect for authority, and some pretty bad parenting."

"We've got to make sure parents take more responsibility for the actions of their children."

"It seems shocking that more primary pupils are now being excluded than secondary pupils for attacks against teachers," said Chris Skidmore, a Tory member of the education select committee.

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