Mangaluru, August 21, 2016: While the ‘home minister’ of a government school cabinet in Harady in Puttur taluk, Dakshina Kannada district, succeeded in retaining four additional teachers in the school, after petitioning none other than the real home minister Dr G. Parameshwara, another ‘home minister’ from a school here has taken the lead to save his school from redeployment of teachers.
On Saturday, Darshan, a class six student and home minister of Government Higher Primary School,Padu Panambur, along with his school leader Yashaswi, a girl student of class seven, on Saturday, requested Chairperson of Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights Dr Kripa Amar Alva to retain one teacher Tulasi.
According to them, it was not just for the benefit of the school, but the plight of two specially-abled students that will surely turn worse, if Tulasi were to be transferred.
One such student who is in class one is speech impaired, while another in class four is mentally challenged. Whenever the duo urinate or defecate in the class, it is the same Tulasi who attends to them without any hedge. There are times when she has bathed them with soaps bought with her own money. Substantiating this, a parent said that, “The mother of one of the specially-abled students is suffering from cancer.”
Of the total seven teachers in the school, only three will remain due to the redeployment of teachers. The headmaster is due for retirement, the parents complained.
Murshida and Saima Bhanu, students of class eight and seven respectively from Government Higher Primary School, Ulaibettu, submitted a memorandum saying, “A total of nine teachers were taking care of 180 students. With the recent order, three teachers have been identified as excess and it will surely put students in trouble, affecting quality of education.”
Likewise, Shivani R from Model Government Higher Primary School, Moodshedde, Mufeed M and Gowthami from Government Higher Primary School, Rahmath Nagar, students from Kinya Nagar among several others, submitted their memoranda to the chief of Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, with common demands.
Social activist Renne D’Souza demanded for withdrawal of the recent circular of the government in this regard and also take measures towards the implementation of right to education (RTE) Act in toto. Besides, a RTE adalat should be convened and recommend the government strongly about the implications of the recent order on redeployment of teachers in the name of ‘excess teachers’.
Students Federation of India (SFI) district unit president Nithin Kuthar said, “It would be better to take a cue from neighbouring Kerala State, where Rs 10,000 crore is spent on strengthening primary education alone. While at Tripura, free education is guaranteed up to 18 years.”
Lolaksha, state president of Shikshana Rakshana Vedike, said, “It is better to conduct court proceedings in Bengaluru as the commission is a quasi-judicial body to protect the interest of school children.” Lolaksha argued that Education department has failed to make prerequisite arrangements for the commission, as the meeting was bereft of basic requirements. Hence, the commission should conduct the proceedings in a systematic manner.