Days after the incident of school students being ‘forced’ to clean soak pits in Karnataka’s Kolar, another incident of students being asked to clean toilets has come to light in a government school here. In a video that surfaced on social media, some students were seen cleaning toilets in Andrahalli in the city. Following the incident, outraged parents of students protested outside the school premises and demanded strict action against its administration. Taking immediate action, the education department suspended the school headmistress, officials said.
Deputy CM called a meeting, asked for report
Reacting to the incident, Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister D.K. Shivakumar told reporters here that he has called a meeting to gather information about the incident and assured strict action in the matter. He said, “I have called a meeting. I will look into it and get the actual report. A similar incident has happened in the past too and we have taken legal action against him.” Referring to the need to nurture children properly and make them strong, Shivakumar said that there is a system for cleaning toilets in schools. He mentioned, “We should not misuse children. Earlier NSS, Seva Dal camps used to train children in cleaning gardens, planting saplings, but we have not allowed anyone to involve children in cleaning toilets.”
Education Minister condemned the incident
Karnataka’s Primary and Secondary Education Minister Madhu Bangarappa condemned the incident and described it as “shocking” and “condemnable”. He said, “…There is no doubt that we will take strict action as per law. Furthermore, I will ensure that such incidents do not happen again and all action is taken by our department.”
Had the students clean the soak pit a few days ago
Let us inform that earlier this month, the principal and two staff members of a school in Kolar district were suspended on the allegation that some students were made to clean the ‘soak pit’ in the school premises. Soak pit is a pit near the toilet pit to absorb excess water. (input language)
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