Hoshiarpur: In an act that falls far too short of a teacher’s conduct, a school teacher here took to violence to chuck out a class three student from a government school! The student’s fault: His impoverished family was not able to come up with the requisite fine and penalty levied on the student. Nowhere to go, the student along with his parents narrated his tale of woes to the local counsellor who in turn met with the school teacher along with the student and his parents. But so adamant was the teacher on throwing out the student that he literally pushed the counsellor and the accompanying party out of the school!
Area Municipal Counsellor speaks on the issue
This incident not only flies in the face of Punjab Government attempts to better the standard of education in Government schools but also belies its efforts to increase the number of students in schools. The Government has made provisions for fee waiver and award of scholarships along with free books to meet these objectives, but the reality on the ground is quite different as the above incident bears out.
Thus, it comes as no surprise that people prefer to get their children admitted to the private schools, which despite fleecing them at least give them teachers whose behaviour towards the children and the parents is much better than that of the Government school teachers, where a permanent job status makes them amenable to take liberties of the cruel kind.
School argument on the issue: Version of inquiry officer
The present incident took place in Hoshiarpur’s Elementary School (Nayi Aabadi) where the class 3 student was thrown out of the school because he could not afford the meagre sum of Rs 100 that he was required to pay as fine, contribution towards building fund, electricity and water. The matter took a turn for serious when the family members revealed that they had paid the penalty, levied as a contribution towards building, electricity and water, four times in the recent months. When city counsellor Sudarshan Dheer took up the matter with the school teacher he got the same physical treatment that had earlier been meted out to the student and his family.
On a complaint from the counsellor, the Deputy Commissioner instructed the District Education Officer to visit or depute someone to visit the spot and investigate the matter. The inquiry officer, however, said that the boy was mostly found missing from the class and thereby had been penalised many a times in the past as well. But in an impoverished ecosystem where the boy’s parents find it tough even to make ends meet, is this the right way to attract students to classes?
A point to ponder for the policy makers in the educations department of Punjab!
Summing up the matter.
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