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Over the past 6 years, 10% rise in the proportion of Pakistanis who claim to support corporal punishments in schools. Now nearly 1 in 3 support harsher methods over softer methods of teaching.

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According to a Gallup & Gilani Pakistan National Survey conducted in the year 2012 (6 years ago) respondents in Pakistan were asked “Some people believe that corporal punishment in schools is necessary to promote discipline among children while others are against this idea. In your opinion, should children be taught harshly through physical punishment or in a soft manner?” In response, 27% said children should be taught harshly through physical punishment, 70% said children should be taught in a soft manner and 3% did not give a response.

Comparative Picture: The question was asked again in 2018 to enable a concrete comparison. In 2018, 37% opined that children should be taught harshly through physical punishment, 58% said children should be taught in a soft manner and 5% did not give a response.

The findings are available since 2012 periodically and the graph below shows how the public opinion has fluctuated over the years.

This press release has been made as part of the Gallup Pakistan History Project which aims to release historical empirical polling data to wider audiences. The objective is to sustain and encourage empirical decision making in Pakistan.

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