A 12-year old school boy, Islam Sharif, has been reported to have died on Sunday in Cairo, Egypt, after he was allegedly beaten by his teacher.
According to reports, the boy, as a result of the beating, suffered head injuries and brain hemorrhage.
It was gathered that the death of the lad has sparked an inquiry by the Egyptian education ministry, which announced the death via a statement.
The ministry said an “urgent inquiry” had been launched into the circumstances of the boy’s death and the teacher had been suspended by the school.
A source in Cairo said the pupil was beaten for not doing his homework.
But the teacher claimed he had “no intention to kill him but the beating was part of discipline”, state-run newspaper Al-Ahram Al-Masa’i reported.
In December last year, Egypt’s National Council for Childhood and Motherhood said attacks on children had increased by 55% between January and October compared with the average over the previous three years.
It said 50% of cases of violence against children were registered in schools.
In September, the director of a Cairo orphanage was sentenced to three years in jail for assaulting minors.