Managing municipal school kids big task: MCGM tells HC
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Last Updated: Monday, June 21, 2010, 22:53
Mumbai: Managing students in municipal schools is a big task as the children come from slum areas, do not have a good family background and have bad habits, the Municipal Council of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) has said in an affidavit before the Bombay High Court.

The MCGM affidavit was filed before the High Court in reply to a petition filed by the mother of a seven-year-old child seeking for issuance of guidelines to municipal schools with regard to providing children with a safe and secured environment.

Sherbano Khan approached the HC after her son, Sohail Mohammad, studying in second standard in a BMC school in suburban Sion, lost vision in his left eye after one of his classmates accidentally jabbed a pencil into his eye on January 15.

According to the petition, the school authorities and the teacher did not take immediate steps to provide medical treatment to Sohail.

The HC had on June 8 directed the MCGM to file its reply to the allegations.

"Children coming to municipal schools are from slum areas and at times are not from a good family and thus have bad habits. These kids have a high impact of movies on them and fight for petty issues. The lady teachers find it very difficult to manage such fights," the reply filed by Ram Chhotelal Pasi, Beat Officer Schools of Sion Ward, BMC states.

It further claims, it is very difficult to prevent occurrence of such incidents in the future unless there is awareness on the part of the children and their parents regarding good behaviour.

"With regard to the case of Sohail, the teacher of the class had checked his eyes and since there was no redness or bleeding, she asked him to wash his eyes and then sent him home along with a peon of the school to inform the parents about the incident," the reply reads.

A division bench of the HC comprising of Justices Ranjana Desai and Nishita Mhatre had on the last hearing come down heavily on the civic body as to why first aid was not administered by the school to Sohail.

The matter will come up for hearing before the HC tomorrow.


First Published: Monday, June 21, 2010, 22:53

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