The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has said in an affidavit that managing students in municipal schools is a big task as most of the children come from slum areas and they do not have a good family background and have bad habits.
The affidavit filed in the Bombay High Court on Monday was in reply to petition filed by Sherbano Khan (32), whose 7-year-old son Sohail lost his eye due to alleged negligence of a teacher as medical treatment was not provided by the BMC-run school.Sohail, a student of New Sion Urdu School had lost his left eye after one of his classmates accidentally jabbed a pencil into his eye on January 15.
According to the petition, the school authorities and the teacher did not take immediate steps to provide medical treatment to Sohail.
“Children coming to municipal schools are from slum areas and at times are not from a good family and thus have bad habits. These kids have a high impact of movies on them and fight for petty issues. The lady teachers find it very difficult to manage such fights," the reply filed by Ram Chhotelal Pasi, Beat Officer Schools of Sion Ward, BMC states.
It claims, it is very difficult to prevent occurrence of such incidents in the future unless there is awareness on the part of the children and their parents regarding good behaviour.
“With regard to the case of Sohail, the teacher of the class had checked his eyes and since there was no redness or bleeding, she asked him to wash his eyes and then sent him home along with a peon of the school to inform the parents about the incident,” the affidavit states.