Since the day he heard that a teacher in his son’s school had been stabbed to death, allegedly by his own students, Kedar Swaroop had been waiting for an opportunity to meet his son’s class teacher. Weeks after the incident at the Senior Secondary Government Boys School in Nangloi, S P Road, where a Hindi teacher was killed after he refused to mark three absentee students as present in the class register, parents and teachers have been equally worried.
Several fathers, who had given the first parent-teacher meet in August a miss, decided to take leave from work Saturday to attend the meet. “What happened in this school is shocking… How can any student even think of stabbing his teacher? This time, I decided that no matter what, I will accompany my son to the parent-teacher meet myself and ask his class teacher about his behaviour,” said Swaroop, an embroiderer.
Ram Sevak, a fitter at a cold drink bottling plant in Gurgaon and father of Class IX student Rahul, also took the day off to attend the meet. “I wanted to see for myself how things are. The teacher said he needs to improve and I think I need to sit down with him and have a word,” he says, glancing at his son’s report card.
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M P Singh, the new school principal who was appointed right after the incident in September, said, “We have been trying to take several measures to encourage the boys but the chasm between the teachers and students remains. Perhaps time will heal that,” sad Singh.
School teachers confessed that in the aftermath of the murder, they continue to feel like they were under threat. “We now get a feeling that students think they can attack teachers if they are incited. The boundary that separates the teacher and the student… it has been breached irreparably,” said a senior teacher.