Blaming parents for the Zirakpur mishap case which claimed the lives of two students four days ago, school heads say that parents have failed to keep a tab on their children driving without licences and carrying mobile phones.
The schools inform that at the time of admission, everybody is given a prospectus according to which bringing cars or two-wheelers to the school is strictly prohibited. Only battery operated two-wheelers are allowed, and that too with usage of helmets. Despite this, students come to schools in their cars, but park them in the nearest market places or the neighbouring areas.
The juvenile accused was a student of class XI at Sri Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36, while Mankirat, who died in the accident, was also a class XI student at the New Public School, Sector 18.
Principal of Sri Guru Nanak Public School, Kanwaljit Kaur, said, “As per our rules, no student is allowed to come to school in his/her car. Only battery-operated two-wheelers are allowed, with the usage of helmets. Despite this, students drive their cars to schools. Aren’t parents responsible for this?”
Kaur added, “Parents are casual enough. Once a father of some child told me that he had not allowed his child to drive, but his wife gave the keys out of love. Parents should know the stage when a child requires pampering and how.”
While talking about the juvenile accused, Kanwaljit Kaur said, “There is a notion in India that one who dies becomes a victim and one who gets saved is an accused. However, both are usually at fault.”
Mankirat’s Mathematics teacher Ramesh Sahor said, “His friends have told me that Mankirat used to bring his Pajero to school, but used to park it in the market area. Children are our responsibility till the time they are inside the gate. It is the responsibility of the parents and the police to keep a check on children driving cars outside.”
However, Sushma Jeryal, Vice-Principal of the New Public School, and Jitender, class teacher of Mankirat Singh, talking about the deceased said, “Mankirat was a very jolly person. His elder sister had studied here, and then his two cousins came. He only used to take care of them. It is only through newspapers that we got to know that Mankirat belonged to such an affluent family.”