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Student’s kin rough up Chandigarh govt school teacher

Though a compromise was reached between the two parties, education dept has asked the school for a report on the incident

punjab Updated: Aug 10, 2018 18:29 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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A school teacher at Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 45,in Chandigarh was roughed up by the family of a Class-11 student on campus at around 11am on Thursday. The family alleged that the teacher, who is the discipline in-charge of the school, had thrashed the student badly.

Although the two parties reached a compromise at the police station, the education department has sought a report from the principal on the whole incident.

Director School Education (DSE) Rubinderjit Singh Brar said, “A compromise was reached at the police station but not at the administrative-level. We have a sought a report from the school on the incident.”

Chandigarh education secretary BL Sharma said, “If the fault is on the part of the student and his family, we will take action against them.”

“We can’t let our teachers be demoralised,” said the education secretary.

The teacher, who has been working in the school for the past 10 years on contractual basis, teaches Hindi and is also the discipline in-charge of the school.

‘Student was rebuked for indisciple’

According to the principal (additional in-charge) Anita Sharma, the teacher had reprimanded two students (humanities stream) for causing indiscipline. One of them then borrowed another student’s mobile phone and called his parents.

Sharma said that she was not in the school at the time of the incident and reached when she got information.

According to sources, the student’s parents, an aunt and three uncles entered the school saying that their child is unwell.

One of the uncles then called the teacher out of the class and started thrashing him with a helmet. As per sources, the student too hit the teacher.

When a female teacher and Class-12 students tried to save the teacher, the group turned violent and headed towards the principal’s office, following which the security guard of the school called the police.

A compromise was reached at the police station between the family and the teacher. According to sources, the family threatened the teacher before leaving the school. The teacher had earlier received an appreciation letter from the education department for 100% result in his subject.

Meanwhile, the teachers’ organisations have condemned the whole incident. Chandigarh cadre educational employees union president Swarn Kamoj said it is a crime to beat up teachers and schools which are in sensitive areas need to be given police protection.

President of the joint action committee of teachers, Bhag S Kairon said it is the responsibility of the education department to provide security to teachers.

Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers Welfare Association president Arvind Rana said a case must be registered against the parents and relatives of the boy.

“In the last two months, the prestige of the teaching community has been lowered systematically and manipulated public perception has been built against them,” Rana added.

First Published: Aug 10, 2018 18:28 IST