In Kathua, students ‘forced’ to work like labourers in a Govt school

Students working as labourers during school hours in Kathua on Thursday.

Sarvjeet Singh
Kathua, May 18
The students of government Middle School Chack Shekhan, located on district headquarter, were recently found working as labourers carrying sacks of ration for Mid Day meal purpose inside the school premises.
Eye witnesses said students of class 6th or 7th , were unloading sacks of Rice and other food items from a load carrier auto and carrying inside school kitchen shed, that was meant for mid day meal.
“The children come for studies and not to work as labourer. Staff should at least know what they are doing,” said an eye witness and added that the decision of school management to get work done from students is highly condemnable.
“Cleaning of school under cleanliness drive and gardening is a separate concept and its duty of every individual to keep surroundings clean. But pushing students to labour in the school premises is not acceptable,” they added.
In contrast to the claims of eyewitnesses, a school teacher said, that there is no fourth class employee deployed in the school and post is laying vacant. Keeping this in view the higher class students were engaged to unload sacks of ration. There is nothing wrong in this, if children can work at home then what objection is there in working in the school? When contacted Chief Education Officer Kathua, Balbir Singh, said that the matter has been brought to his notice and the Headmaster of the school has been summoned. By Friday, the Headmaster has been asked to explain the reason behind this incident.
He said that there is a shortage of staff in every school of the district, but that doesn’t mean the students can be engaged in such activities. He said that he has already issued the order in relation to the order of the court, according to the orders, school children should not get any work in any way other than studies. He said that action will be taken after ones the headmaster’s reply.

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