Exactly a year ago,Newsline had reported how quarrels,use of filthy language and addiction to whiteners had become rampant in civic schools. Municipal Commissioner Shrikar Pardeshi had then promised to bring in discipline in the functioning of civic schools. But,officials said,since he was pre-occupied with the demolition mission,indiscipline continues to be the bane of civic schools.
After Mondays incident in Pimpri,Pardeshi said he would look into complaints regarding growing indiscipline in civic schools. I am in New Delhi and will initiate necessary action for proper functioning of civic schools when I return, he said.
Civic officials said the municipal commissioner had initiated several steps for improving the infrastructure of schools. Flying squads appointed by him had swooped down on several schools and exposed deficiencies in the infrastructure. Accordingly,steps were being initiated, officials said.
The issue of indiscipline among students has been in the public domain for years. The civic general body meetings have also discussed the issue on several occasions. Corporators and activists have taken up the issue with the civic administration and the education board from time to time. However,things have not improved in civic schools,both primary and secondary, said Jayshree Marale,a retired headmistress of a PCMC school.
Last year,it had come to light that students in PCMC-run Madhyamik Vidyalaya in Kasarwadi regularly came drunk to schools, used toxic whiteners for intoxication in school and indulged in frequent quarrels. School principal and teachers had confirmed that things had gone out of control. At least in three other civic schools when students were found to have come drunk and quarrelled,the matter was reported to the police,said education officials.
Education takes a backseat in civic schools. Children get emboldened to behave in objectionable manner because of political interference. If any action is taken against children,parents complain to corporators who then takes the principal and teachers to task. So,they are afraid of taking action, said Marale,who worked in civic schools for over 30 years.
Former corporator Amar Moolchandani said the commissioner should initiate tough action. Discipline is the last word in civic schools. And this has been going on for years. Pardeshi should act decisively, he said.
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