The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has claimed that it is providing facilities on par with private and public schools.
They made this claim while replying to a petition filed by a Dharavi resident, Sherbano Khan, whose 7-year-old son Sohail lost sight in his left eye because of alleged negligence on the part of the civic school authorities.
“Our schools have facilities on par with any public and private school, and our teachers are vigilant and take adequate care of minor children,” said the affidavit, in a reply filed by Abasahed Jadhav, education officer of the BMC.
Jadhav said the civic body was committed to the development and welfare of the school children. He added that an inquiry has already been initiated in order to find out if there was negligence on the part of the teaching staff of the concerned school.
Jadhav has claimed that the civic body has made all the possible arrangements in the schools to attend to any such incident.
Necessary steps will be taken to meet the situation, if the present arrangements are found inadequate, he added.
The civic authorities have, however, admitted there was no teacher in class, when the Class 2 student of the New Sion Urdu School was hit in a fight with a classmate on January 15 this year.
Sohail was treated at KEM hospital and a follow-up inquiry was undertaken with his doctors.
A division bench of Justice Ranjana Desai and Justice V. K. Tahilramani posted the matter on Wednesday for orders. The judges have said that they will lay down guidelines for preventing such an unfortunate eventuality in BMC Schools.