Parents take school to task for punishing students

Parents of some students studying in Class IV at Mithra School in Ramamurthy Nagar confronted the school authorities on Wednesday for allegedly subjecting their children to corporal punishment.

Biresh, parent of girl studying in the school, alleged that the maths teacher regularly subjected his daughter to corporal punishment. “My daughter told me that her teacher used to tweak her ears and pinch her on shoulders and thighs,” he said. He alleged that similar punishment was being meted out to a few of her classmates, too.

The parents had in fact gone to the school in the morning to question the school authorities about the treatment meted out to the students. The matter had even reached K Padmavati, DDPI, Bangalore South, and Nanjundaiah, BEO, South-3, both of whom visited the school in the afternoon to conduct an inspection.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, Nanjundaiah said: “The teacher concerned admitted his wrongdoing, but he claimed he was doing it only to improve their performance to score more marks. We explained to him that under the RTE Act, subjecting students to punishment was not allowed. He assured us that it would not happen again.”

Besides, the parents alleged that the school had asked them to pay a fee of Rs 26,000 instead of the existing Rs 6,000 for the academic year 2014-15. The management claimed that the admission fee had been hiked as it had switched from state syllabus to ICSE. “We had made the payments last year. When we protested, the authorities threatened to close the school,” a parent said.

Nanjundaiah said the school was still following the state syllabus and that a report on the entire matter would be sent to the Commissioner of Public Instruction. Meanwhile, the complaints of the parents have been forwarded to the Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights by City-based NGO Child Rights Trust to whom the parents brought the matter initially.

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