The education department sent a notice to Prime Academy in Andheri on Thursday, asking the school to withdraw its demand from students’ parents for an undertaking of good behaviour from a magistrate’s court.
On April 2, the school issued a circular asking parents of students of Classes 9 and 10 to give signed undertakings, assuring the school of their wards’ good behaviour. If they failed, their children would not be allowed to continue at the school.
“What the school did was wrong, and we have asked them to take back the circular,” said PR Pawar, education inspector of the west zone, in which the school falls.
“We also spoke to them and the director said she would issue a new letter canceling the previous circular,” Pawar added.
The notice threatens to cancel the school’s no-objection certificate if the school
does not comply with the
Some parents had complained to the non-profit group, Forum for Fairness in Education, about the circular issued by the school.
The forum members met the deputy director of education on Thursday to complain about the matter.
The school’s director Chaula Joshi, who issued the undertaking, had said that students had become highly undisciplined and the school had had to resort to this measure as a result.
“Everything is fine,” Joshi said on Thursday refusing to add anything further.
Sayli Udas Mankikar
Mumbai: The original makeover plan for the Byculla zoo had theme gardens of various continents, a 3D theatre and night safari, among other things.
Union environment minister Jairam Ramesh quoted a letter sent to the additional municipal commissioner by the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) on August 23, 2010. “The zoo proposes to house too many species in a relatively small area. Housing 627 animals from 84 species is a tall order. It is advised to relocate the zoo on a larger area, preferably on more than 50 hectares outside the city.”
Ramesh also asked Chavan to direct the addl civic commissioner to revise the master plan for further scrutiny and approval of the CZA. “The plan should be revised so that existing animal enclosures are modified to improve their living conditions without encroaching upon the botanical garden and its heritage layout preserved for future generations,” he said. He also pointed out that the CZA had cautioned that the plan would be detrimental to animal health and well-being. “Therefore the development exercise appears to be devoid of any merit,” Ramesh said.
The “Save Rani Bagh Botanical Garden Action Committee” which has been working towards saving the garden for the past four years met Ramesh in Delhi recently. “We are glad he has asked the chief minister to intervene. It is now up to the municipal commissioner to heed his advice,” said Hutokshi Rustomfram, a founder member of the committee.
The project is already in trouble with municipal commissioner Subodh Kumar slashing its budget to Rs 100 crore.
Rationalise use of strong drugs: WHO to doctors
Mumbai: An increase in the resistance to drugs against infectious diseases has prompted the World Health Organisation (WHO) to make anti-microbial resistance the theme for World Health Day observed on April 7.
According to WHO, if microbes develop resistance to most drugs available in the market, the world will move to a 'dreadful pre-antibiotic era'.
“If that happens, death and disease due to untreatable infectious diseases will become the biggest obstacle to poverty alleviation, development and global efforts to make the world a better and more healthy place,” said Dr Samlee Plianbangchang, WHO, regional director for South-East Asia.
According to city doctors, general practitioners prescribe stronger drugs for minor ailments without proper planning which leads to resistance. WHO has recommended doctors to establish monitoring mechanisms and remedial actions so that there is a rational use of antibiotics against infectious diseases.
Moving to strong medicines for a disease according to WHO, can be vulnerable as some are toxic and some are 100 times expensive than the first line drugs.
“Six per cent of children with tuberculosis visiting my OPD department have developed resistance to standard tuberculosis drugs. Most children have got the virus from an adult in the family,” said Dr Ira Shah, consultant paediatrician at BJ Wadia Hospital, Parel.
She added that patients should ensure that they complete the course of medication prescribed by a qualified doctor even if the symptoms abate. They should also ensure that measures are taken to ensure that the virus does not spread to others in the family.
Drive against fee hike
Mumbai: Jan Swasthya Abhiyan (JSA), a non-government organisation, has launched a signature campaign to garner support against the recent hike in the fee charged by public hospitals to patients.
The petition, which has received 6,000 signatures, demands revocation of the hike and will be submitted to Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan in May.
On February 1, the fee charged at public health centres and hospitals was increased by the government.
While the cost of admission papers was hiked from Rs 5 to Rs 10, charges applicable for X-rays rose from Rs 30 to Rs 75. Given that public health facilities are used largely by the poor, the hike has resulted in a steep decline in admissions of patients, said doctors.
“Earlier, there used to be long queues of patients waiting to consult doctors in the out patient department (OPD), which stayed open till 2 pm to clear the rush. Now, the number of patients has dipped and the OPD winds up by noon,” said a medical officer at St George Hospital, near CST.
The officer added that a patient spends about Rs 1,000 for tests even if he or she is detected with mild fever.
A survey conducted by JSA among 600 patients in the city, found that patients were not satisfied with the treatment they were getting in government hospitals. Patients complained of hospital staff talking rudely and doctors being unavailable in the hospital.
Some also said that one should have a good connection with the ward boy of the hospital to speed up their treatment.
“If such is the condition of government hospitals, why is the government increasing the rates? It clearly means that government is not interested in giving health facilities to patients,” said Ravi Duggal, programme officer, International Budget Partnership.
He said the Re 1 fee implemented in hospitals in 1988 has increased gradually.
“Treatment is free for below poverty line (BPL) patients. However, more than 40 per cent of the population comprises the poor who do not have a BPL card. It is inappropriate to expect user fees from them,” said Arokia Mary, convener of Jan Swasthya Abhiyan, Mumbai.