Scuffle between parents and school authorities

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Wounded children lodged in class room not taken to hospital

Srinagar:  Parents and the staff of a private educational institute attacked and assaulted one another after half a dozen school children received wounds in a road accident near HMT area of Srinagar city on Monday morning.

Reports said that a Winger vehicle of Khanamaz Educational Institute carrying more than 30 school children from their respective houses to the school collided with a private passenger bus near HMT. The accident resulted in the injury of six school children. Ironically instead of shifting the wounded children to the hospital the school authorities kept them in a class room that infuriated parents to the extent that they tried to beat up the head of the school.

“We lost cool after seeing blood oozing out from the nose and mouth of our children. It was the responsibility of the school head to shift the injured children to the hospital but instead he lodged them in a class room. When we protested the staff and the drivers of the school assaulted us,” a group of parents told CNS.

Accusing school head of violating all the norms and flooding school children in narrow private vehicles, the parents said that whenever they protest the school head warn them of action and even claim that he is close to Education Minister. “How can this school head force a driver to carry more than 30 children in a Winger vehicle and why the government is not interested in taking action against the school authorities,” the parents said.

Reports said that amid brawl and scuffle the parents shifted their wounded children to nearby hospital while the school authorities threatened them of action in case they report the matter to higher authorities.

“This is injustice. The Education Minister has been shielding the big fish and only targeting those who are unknown to him. The head of the Khanamaz Educational Institute has been squeezing the blood of the children and the parents and yet the Directorate of Education is not initiating action this schools,” the parents said.

When contacted the head of the school admitted his fault saying that they apologized to parents for not shifting the wounded children to the hospital. When asked why he force drivers to carry more than 30 children in the Winger, he said that all schools do it. “Let the Education Minister stop this practice from ‘reputed’ schools we will follow suit,” he said. (CNS)

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