Mangaluru, Nov 16 2018: Around 40 children from various government and aided schools, who participated in the district-level Makkala Hakkugala Samsathu 2018 (Child Rights Parliament), raised the issue of delay in distribution of textbooks and uniforms to government schoolchildren.
The Makkala Samsathu was organised jointly by Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Department of Public Instruction, PADI, Shikshana Sampanmoola Kendragala Okkuta, and Lions Club-Kankanady.
A Class 8 student from Bantwal, said, “Every year, the state government distributes two pairs of uniforms to the government schoolchildren. This year, one pair was distributed at the end of August. I do not know whether I will get another pair of uniform during this academic year. Why cannot the authorities distribute a pair of shoes, uniforms and textbooks at the beginning of academic year?” she asked.
She, further, said online applications for scholarships have inconvenienced the parents and teachers. "Why cannot the government make use of Student Achievement Tracking System, to know the background of every child and distribute scholarship accordingly?" she asked.
Chandrika from Moodbidri said, “In spite of education being a right of every child, many are deprived of education. Many children undergo harassment and are addicted to bad habits including drugs. Why has the society failed to create awareness on the same?”
Another student sought to know why the state government was involved in discrimination when it comes to providing facilities to children?. The children from SC/ST communities are taken for a tour and are given better facilities. "Why cannot the government treat all government schoolchildren equally and provide same facilities to all?"
Students from Sullia urged the state government to provide free electricity to government schools just like the way it provides power to the pump sets (Irrigation pump sets) of farmers.
Selected : Two students—Chandrika from Moodbidri and Ashura from Bantwal—were selected to take part in the state-level interaction with Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, to be held on November 20.
The selected children will air their grievances and try to get solutions from the chief minister.
Speaking on the occasion, Retired SP and Lions Club-Ashok Nagar president Mitra Heraje said students should suggest to the chief minister to ask the MLAs and MPs of Karnataka to adopt at least five meritorious students from poor families from each constituency and to support the cause of their education.
CWC Chairman Renni D’Souza said that the Makkala Hakkugala Samsathu 2018 was organised on the theme, "Sustainable development goals and voice of the adoloscent children.’
He called upon the participating children to call Childline 1098 if they come across any drug addict children in their vicinity. There is a need to create awareness on the ill effects of drugs among the children. Further, the government should initiate strict action against drug peddlers.
He, further, said that the issue of delay in distribution of textbooks and uniforms will be brought to the notice of the DDPI.