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Updated: August 12, 2013 17:51 IST

School shows the door to diabetic boy

J. S. Ifthekhar
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Tanishq Jaiswal with his father Neeraj Jaiswal. Photo: Ramesh Babu
The Hindu Tanishq Jaiswal with his father Neeraj Jaiswal. Photo: Ramesh Babu

Parents asked to seek a transfer certificate and take 9-year-old Tanishq out within a week

The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet. Tanishq Jaiswal has learnt it the harsh way. For no fault of his, the boy is being denied education. His only fault is that he has contracted diabetes at an early age.

St. Paul’s High School, Hyderguda, where he is studying fourth class, has served marching orders on the nine-year-old kid. The school authorities have asked his parents to seek a Transfer Certificate (TC) and take the boy out of the school within a week. Tanishq has been taking insulin injections during the lunch break for the last one year. But now the school management feels enough is enough and has asked the parents to withdraw their child at the earliest. The boy’s parents are already upset at their son falling prey to diabetes. But the stubborn attitude of the school has shattered their peace of mind and shocked them beyond words. “Diabetes is not a disease, much less infectious. Moreover, our son has been taking the insulin injection on his own without causing disturbance to anyone. How can the school remove him?” asks Neeraj Jaiswal and his wife, Vaishali Jaiswal.

The world of the working couple came crashing down when their son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in April 2012. An insulin-dependent diabetes, it occurs when the pancreas fail to produce enough insulin to control the body’s sugar level. It is not hereditary, but could be triggered by environmental factors, doctors feel. The number of children affected with Type I diabetes is said to be on the rise.

Insulin shots

Right now Tanishq is under the treatment of endocrinologist Dr. Bipin K Sethi. He has learnt to take four insulin shots everyday, one in school, on his own. “My son has never poked the syringe at any other child or created nuisance as the authorities fear,” says Ms. Vaishali in a choked voice. A teacher herself at the Azra Public School, she is worried about the psychological effect of all this on her child.

Last year itself, school principal Bro. Sudhakar Reddy reportedly objected to Tanishq taking insulin injections in the classroom. But a Good Samaritan teacher intervened and the boy stayed put. But two days ago the principal called the parents and told them to take away their child. “Worse, he asked us to pay the fee for the entire year as well,” Mr. Neeraj said. The principal was not available for comment.

Interestingly, despite his diabetic condition, Tanishq is regular to the school with 98 per cent attendance. His academic record is also equally good. Penalising a kid for what? For getting an ailment he has no control on?

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As an alumnus of St. Paul's High School, my heart bleeds for this child!
In my days (early to mid 80s), our principal was a kind-hearted
Christian, who cared for the welfare of the children, more than the
"commercial" aspects of running a school.

Bro. Sudhakar Reddy (the present principal) should just be transferred
out of, not just the school, but from the academic community itself.
Shame on him - for being so callous!

from:  Srinivas P
Posted on: Aug 13, 2013 at 11:50 IST

It's absolutely shocking. As a principal of an educational institute I
strongly condemn the insensitive act by St.paul's School authorities
against an innocent child. This is a violation of 'Right to Education'
and the school management must consider a way to help the boy and his
parents to deal with the situation rather than showing this inhumane
attitude towards them.
In Azra public School, we have allowed a Cancer patient to be our
student and the management and entire staff was very cooperative and
flexible with the student and his family to deal with medical
appointments and treatments. Also we had a a student who was mentally
challenged. If we who belong to educational society don't understand
these issues then who will? How will we inculcate the feeling of
equality and compassion among our students to make a better and strong
Nation!

Mrs. Mumtaz Jahan
Principal-Azra Public School
Mehdipatnam

from:  Mrs. Mumtaz Jahan
Posted on: Aug 13, 2013 at 07:40 IST

EQUALLY IT IS IMPORTANT FOR SCHOOLS NOW TO RISE UP TO REALIZATIONS
THAT THERE IS NO EXISTENCE OF SO CALLED 'MENTAL ILLNESS' AND NO
DISORDER OR ANY SUCH ADHD OR OTHER LABELS FOR A CHILD OR OTHERS JUST
BECAUSE CERTAIN ISSUES IN PRESENTATIONS AND ACTIVITIES SEEMS UNUSUAL
IN COMPARISON WITH A STEREOTYPED SOCIAL STANDARD THAT IS ITSELF
ERRONEOUS DISCRIMINATIVE AND OUTRIGHT DISMISSAL OF A PERSON'S
UNRESOLVED ISSUES IN LIFE THAT GAVE RISE TO GRADUALLY ANGER ANGUISH
EMOTIONAL STRESS AND THAT ITSELF TOGETHER IS FRUSTRATING, BUT
PSYCHIATRIC TREATMENT [UNSCIENTIFIC, ABSENCE OF RESEARCH OF ANY KIND
WHATSOEVER , UNESTABLISHED ANY EVIDENCES, UNETHICAL] CREATES
CUMULATIVE COMPOUNDING DAMAGES DANGERS IN PERSON'S LIFE MAKING THE
PERSON EVENTUALLY VERY DIFFERENT FROM NORMAL THINKING PROCESS AND
UNPREDICTABLY IN ACTIVITIES THAT MIGHT BE VERY DANGEROUS RISK FULL
WHEN UNDER MEDICATIONS , READ DR BOB JOHNSON, PETER BREGGIN ROBERT
WHITEAKER, READ UNSAFE AT ANY DOSE, MEDICINE MADNESS EMOTIONAL HEALTH

from:  TAPAN PAL
Posted on: Aug 13, 2013 at 01:50 IST

As Former Student of St. Paul's High School,
Shocked to know a School like St. Paul's has issued such an Order.
It should rather has given an Example of Good Heart for the Kid and
the Parents.
I feel Principal might have taken this decision on insistence from
the fellow students and their Parents.
Try to understand the Complexity of situation where the child will
have adverse effects.
We as society has certain duties towards the kid.
Help the Child and his future.
GOD BLESS YOU.

from:  MIR RIAZ HYDER
Posted on: Aug 13, 2013 at 01:13 IST

What if a teacher or the principal herself had to take insulin. Will she/he resign the job. What rubbish. God bless the kid!

from:  Bhuvana
Posted on: Aug 12, 2013 at 15:05 IST

My heart goes out to Tanishq and his parents. What a pathetic situation.
Its absolutely disgusting on the part of a renowned institution like
St.Pauls to deny the right to education to the boy for no fault of his.
Strict action must be taken by the legal authorities against the brutal
management of the school. I feel other parents of the fellow students
should also protest against this brutality.

from:  Nazia
Posted on: Aug 12, 2013 at 12:08 IST

It is indeed very very disheartening to come across such a story!
Diseases such as these are hardly in control of the poor kid, so why
victimize him?
It is high time the education authorities take a serious look on this
arrogant and high handed behavior of the school and take a stringent
action on them!

from:  Vidya
Posted on: Aug 12, 2013 at 11:29 IST

the best way is school can give some separate room where kid can go and
take the injection. so there is no harm to other students. the dose can
be kept in that room and kid can go there and do the needful.

from:  dipanshu
Posted on: Aug 12, 2013 at 10:27 IST

One must also consider the view of school management also If
something happens to the boy in school ..then also school management
will be blamed by all . This boy should have been studying in school
where His Mother is working as a teacher . Mother herself is not
bothered about Her son and expects other school management to take care
of Her son. St.Paul"s High school management had done the right thing..
Parents of the child should take T.C and get admission to the child
where His Mother is working as a teacher.

from:  kvenkataramam
Posted on: Aug 12, 2013 at 10:26 IST

Isaiah`41:10
"Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I
will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my
righteous right hand"

I am sure Bro. Sudhakar Reddy must have read the above verse a number
of times in his lifetime. So how did he, in his normal senses think
that he could do this injustice to this little kid and get away with
it. I would seriously question his integrity towards his job as the
head of this institution and I am sure his action towards this
innocent kid raises a lot of red flags in the minds of other parents
whose children are under his responsibility. I appeal to all the
parents and to everyone in general to raise their voice against this
insensitive Principal and have the proper authorities remove him from
his post with immediate effect.

I commend the teacher who helped Tanishq and again stress that
Goodness always overpowers Bad. Lets stand together and support
Tanishq and his parents get justice!!

from:  abhijeet
Posted on: Aug 12, 2013 at 05:04 IST

It's an absolute shame that we have such people like the principal of St.Paul's High School. Worse is the fact that they are in a noble profession like education where the seeds of morality and equality are sown (at least in theory) along with other skills needed to develop a child. The constitution of India says all citizens are equal. This is a blatant violation of the rights of the child. The school needs to be derecognized, closed or at least the principal jailed for years! We have too many of these nut cases roaming around in our society. Such people who spew venom need to be shown their place right away

from:  Sanjay Karnam
Posted on: Aug 12, 2013 at 03:47 IST

Except in case of medical emergencies, a classroom is not a place for anyone to use
needles for medication or pricking pins for blood work. Any school that allows such
behaviour should raise serious concerns from parents. However dismissing a student
for a non-communicable medical condition is against basic human rights and by that
token against the laws of the country. This applies to both private and publicly
funded schools. With rising rates of diabetes in the country, especially among school
aged children, schools should be mandated to provide a safe place where students
can take insulin either themselves or administered by a trained nurse.

from:  Sultan Siddiqui
Posted on: Aug 12, 2013 at 03:36 IST

This was very upsetting to read as a Type 1 myself. One already feels self-conscious
as a child with diabetes, but for that fear to be re-enforced by ignorant authority
figures - that is what does the real psychological damage.

from:  Kevin Marshall
Posted on: Aug 12, 2013 at 01:32 IST

If nothing works out, the boy could be taught at home and through self study electronic mediums to attain the grade 12 level much faster than the school attendance (such as Khan’s Academy and the like which would be much cheaper / free and quicker for better knowledge). You may guide the parents accordingly.

from:  DORAI
Posted on: Aug 11, 2013 at 22:05 IST

Shame on principal. Instead of giving moral
support to the child he is indulging in such inhuman act. Highly condemning

from:  Sandhya Shah
Posted on: Aug 11, 2013 at 20:38 IST

Principal of that school!!

he/she is behaving like an illiterate, as if he/she doesn't know that
diabetes is a non-communicable disease. This is such a
kiddish,obstinate,moron-ic and orthodox gesture shown by the
principal.Such behavior should be discouraged and the principal should
be suspended!!

from:  Ajdecoder.x
Posted on: Aug 11, 2013 at 20:25 IST

"Shocking" is how I react to this story. Thanks, for this story - I
hope the department of education takes the sternest action against
this school. It is a shame that the school is steeped in bigotry and
prejudice against diabetes, and surely the school management needs to
educate itself first about this disorder.

We migrated to the west in 2000. My daughter is now a junior (Grade
11), in a state operated public school. Safety is the primary
concern. Nut free, gluten free,food is available for those with
allergies. Ragging is unheard of, and schools take bullying
seriously. Prejudice against diabetes, ADHD, and other disorders are
thoroughly discouraged.

In contrast,in Hyderabad we have this school that would like to do
away with a diabetic student - The school should be ashamed of the
behavior, but is it willing to make amends, so that we can move on?

Please publish a follow up to this story- and again, a big THANKS!
for your role in removing bigotry in society.

from:  Mohan Narayanan
Posted on: Aug 11, 2013 at 18:23 IST

How can we sent our children to such schools confidently by considering
the mind set of their teachers?

from:  Muhammed Iqbal
Posted on: Aug 11, 2013 at 18:23 IST

My heart goes out for young Tanishq. I hope our sleeping government takes notice of this and brings an ordinance to prevent schools from disbanding students with non comtaminable diseases. Reeks of the moral deprecation within our educational institutions.

from:  MZ007
Posted on: Aug 11, 2013 at 16:22 IST

Govt should de-recognize such schools.

from:  Ashok Chandrasekar
Posted on: Aug 11, 2013 at 15:37 IST

St.Paul's is one of the best schools in Hyderabad but this is utterly disappointing.

from:  Sailender Reddy
Posted on: Aug 11, 2013 at 15:32 IST

What can one comment on this level of high handedness and insensitivity
broaching on stupidity? Are they no legal remedies?

from:  Bhavani TV
Posted on: Aug 11, 2013 at 13:40 IST

These kind of cases must be taken up very seriously and it should be
ensured that it is never repeated again anywhere. But yes, there is a
need for supervision when the boy takes his medicines.

from:  Surya Kumari
Posted on: Aug 11, 2013 at 13:31 IST

In Indian culture, the teaching profession itself is considered as solemn and the teachers who spread knowledge, the nobles. But, here in the said school a wrong person has taken root as the principal, to the seat of which he does not seems to be fitting-in. He should first of all, find the way-out for sure.

from:  Haja Abu Bucker
Posted on: Aug 11, 2013 at 13:24 IST

I though christian missionary schools are all about service and
equality.. shame on you.. the kid is just diabetic.. The principal is no
doubt uneducated..

from:  somesh
Posted on: Aug 11, 2013 at 12:58 IST

Its not a communicable disease
Its inhuman and uncalled for
The matter should be taken to the DEO

from:  Ahmed Mohiuddin
Posted on: Aug 11, 2013 at 12:44 IST

I am really sorry for Tanishq , but i really sham on the school
management .Teachers are the second parents for the children and being
second you cant support child .Diabetes is not a disease which can
spread to others .School Management should support child but dont create
a thought in child that he is suffering from a disease. Please Support
the child may be u can provide a room for taking insulin but this is not
a way to remove the child from school. Jai Hind

from:  Vamshidher Reddy
Posted on: Aug 11, 2013 at 10:56 IST

Govt should declare that kind of schools as unrecognised.

from:  Vinod
Posted on: Aug 11, 2013 at 10:08 IST
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