Is your kid safe at school

Written by Agencies | Mumbai | Updated: Mar 31 2010, 19:24pm hrs
The mother of a seven-year-old child, has approached the Bombay High Court seeking for issuance of guidelines to schools run by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) with regard to providing a safe and secured environment for pupils.

Sherbano Khan filed a public interest litigation (PIL) after her son, Sohail Mohammad, a second standard student in a municipal run school in suburban Sion, lost sight in his left eye when one of his classmates accidentally jabbed a pencil into Sohail's eye on January 15.

According to Sherbano, his teacher in spite of being informed about the incident did not take any immediate steps to provide medical aid or treatment to Sohail.

"Sohail was made to sit with his injured eye for over two hours. After school hours, he was asked to go home by teacher Shahida," the petition states.

The boy was operated at the state-run KEM hospital at Parel in Central Mumbai but doctors could not save his left eye as he could not be operated upon soon after the incident.

"Although Sherbano had lodged a complaint with the school authorities and police, no action has been taken so far," the mother's lawyer Shakeel Ahmed said.

The petition said that teachers and administrative staff of municipal schools have no concern for the welfare and care of the minor students.

The PIL will come up for hearing in due course.