OSAKA, Feb. 8 (Xinhua) -- The western Japanese city of Osaka decided Friday to submit a draft proposal that will give it the right to investigate the administrative operation of the education board.
The move came in the wake of reports about corporal punishment administered to students, particularly those belonging to sports teams in which the punishment is imposed by some teachers or advisers, city officials said.
The draft was made after a slew of criticism and questions directed at the Osaka City Board of Education because it did not respond quickly enough to incidents involving the use of corporal punishment. In one of the incidents, a 17-year-old student committed suicide after he was allegedly struck by a basketball club adviser at a municipal high school, a city spokesperson said.
Although the law currently states that the city can investigate the operations of the educational board in the mayor's name, the limits of this authority have not been explicitly defined. Therefore, Osaka's mayor has boldly taken the initiative to draw up the draft following the suicide incident that came to light last month.
The mayor will submit a bill to enact the ordinance to the municipal assembly, which convenes next Friday.
Meanwhile, local media said Friday that the Osaka Prefectural Board of Education will carry out an urgent survey to ask all the 120,000 students attending the prefecture's 155 high schools about their experience with corporal punishment. The survey will start in weeks, the reports added.