6. Subject to the control
and direction of the Secretary, the Officer-in-charge of a Government
institution shall be responsible for the custody of all children admitted therein,
and shall see that all the officers carry out their duties in a proper
7. The manager of a
subsidised institution shall be responsible for the custody of all children
admitted therein, and shall see that all officers carry out their duties in a
8 The manager of an institution shall
promptly report to the Secretary the serious illness or death of a child, and
any other special event which may occur.
9 The inmates shall be supplied with ample
plain, wholesome food.
inmates of school age must attend an efficient school.
13 An inspector of the Education Department
shall at least once yearly test the attainments of all inmates who are wards
of the Department, and submit a report to the Secretary.
19 The discipline enforced shall be mild and
firm. All degrading and injurious punishments shall be avoided. The 'boxing'
of children's ears is strictly forbidden, as is also the corporal punishment
of girls of twelve years old and over. Corporal punishment shall not be
inflicted upon girls below the age of twelve years, except under very extreme
20 (a) Corporal
punishment may, as a last resort, be inflicted in the presence of a witness
by the manager or by the schoolmaster, under the direction and on the
responsibility of the manager.
20 (b) Corporal
punishment may be administered for offences against morality, gross
impertinence, or for persistent disobedience, but not for trivial breaches of
discipline or dullness in learning.
20 (c) For
the purpose of this Regulation 'corporal punishment' means punishment by
means of strokes with a cane inflicted on the hands.
21. Every case of corporal punishment must be
recorded in the punishment book immediately after the infliction thereof,
giving date, details of the offence, number of strokes administered, and
signature of witness.
22 (a) Discipline
may be generally maintained by the granting of privileges and the following
of light punishments:
of privileges; (2) extra school tasks or drill; (3) confinement in a room
with reasonable access of light and air.
As to (3), no inmate of any subsidised
institution shall be confined for a longer period than four hours.
30 (2) The
dormitories and dining-rooms shall be made as bright and homelike as possible
by the provision of pictures, flowers, small furnishings, etc.
31 The Secretary, or an officer of the
Department authorised by him, may inspect any institution established or
subsidised under the Act as often as occasion may require, and shall do so at
least once in every six months. All matters connected with the industrial
training of the inmates, the general management, discipline, admissions,
discharges, etc, shall be dealt with by him; and all books and journals shall
be open for his inspection.
Wards Apprenticed or placed out at Service
42 (1) Every
ward placed out or apprenticed shall be visited once at least in every six
months by a visitor or some person authorised in that behalf by the
Secretary, and such visitor or person shall be allowed every facility for an inspection
of the home and conditions of the ward's employment.
43 Every child placed out for service or
apprenticed shall have the right to a private interview with the Inspector or
other visitor, and any employer who prevents or attempts to influence a child
from making a correct statement shall be guilty of an offence under these
Wards Boarded-out with Foster-parents
78 A ward boarded-out with a foster-parent
shall be fed, lodged, and clothed to the satisfaction of the Secretary... A
ward shall be allowed to play at reasonable times when not attending school,
and, if employed in any way, must only be placed at such work as will afford
easy healthful exercise. It must be distinctly understood that the ward is
not to be made a drudge of the household.
79 (1) Every
ward boarded-out with a foster-parent shall, if possible, be visited at least
once in every three months by an officer of the Department or a visitor.
80 (1) Every
ward over the age of six years boarded-out with a foster-parent shall be sent
regularly to school until fourteen years old, or until he has passed the
compulsory standard required by the Education Act for the time being in
80 (2) School
teachers are required to furnish a report every three months, on Form No. 11,
as to such ward's attendance, progress, behaviour, and appearance.
81 The Secretary, or any person authorised in
writing by him, may visit and converse with wards of the Department wherever
they may be, and, if necessary, question them as to whether they are properly
treated, fed, and clothed.