Hyderabad: Several students have submitted case studies regarding their problems in getting access to education at a public hearing on “Violation of Child Rights” held under the aegis of the District Committee of the Samana Vidya Sadana Samithi at Pastoral Centre, Gunfoundry, here on Saturday.
“Violation of rights of girl child, inaccessibility of schools, effect of Mid-day Meals programme, corporal punishment, quality of welfare hostels and infrastructure facilities” were core issues that came under scanner at the public hearing. The District president of SVSS, Mr J Ramana Rao, said that it was aimed at bringing to the fore the grievances of the school children and to elicit their opinion and of their parents. Later, it would take them to the notice of the State government.
The Deputy District Educational Officer, Mr T Ravi Kumar, the Director of an NGO “Divya Dasha”, Mr Isidore Phillips, an advocate of the City Civil Court, Mr K Balakrishna, the District Educational Officer, Mr Sushindra Rao, convenor of an NGO “Chatri”, Mr Varghese and advocates of the District Legal Services Authority, Ms A Jayapradha and Ms G Mamatha attended the public hearing as panel members.
The District president of the Samana Vidya Sadana Samithi, Mr Ramana Rao said that the poor children were being forced to abandon their studies and turn child labourers due to lack of physical and mental development because of the said ills confronting them. “The desired results in respect of school education might not come in the near future as adequate allocation of funds was not made for Education in the State Budget submitted recently”, he said, adding that many people were still afraid whether the poor children would be able to get access to quality education or not, though the Right to Education Act came into being in April last year.
Mr Isidore Phillips said that it was the bounden duty of every one to uphold the rights of children. He also said that the State government has recently issued a GO Ms 33, according to which, all educational institutions in the State should earmark three per cent quota for “orphans”.
The Deputy District Educational Officer said that there were 177 high schools and 600 primary schools in the twin cities. Of them, about 154 schools have applied for access to drinking water and they would be provided with soon. (NSS)