Official’s suggestion irks students

Rajulapudi Srinivas
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There is nothing wrong if they clean toilets, opines a CWC member

Raging issue:A boy narrating his tale of woes during an open forum on ‘Child Rights’ in Vijayawada on Monday. —PHOTO: V. RAJU
Raging issue:A boy narrating his tale of woes during an open forum on ‘Child Rights’ in Vijayawada on Monday. —PHOTO: V. RAJU

The ‘Open Forum’ on Child Rights suddenly turned hot when the students raised objection over the comments of some officials that ‘there is nothing wrong if students clean toilets in schools’.

As part of ‘International Day for Prevention of Child Abuse and Violence’, the Forum for Child Rights (FCR) and a few NGOs organised a discussion with inmates of orphanages and officials of various government departments here, on Monday.

A girl student said that the toilets in schools were being maintained in an unhygienic condition and the dirty toilets were causing diseases among children. She asked the officials to tell as to whose duty was it to clean the toilets in schools? “Many girls are not drinking water after coming to school as there were no toilets to answer the nature’s call. Even the toilets available in schools were not maintained properly, which emanate foul smell”, said the students.

A Child Welfare Committee (CWC) member said that the school staff and students should form a committee and maintain sanitation in schools. He opined that ‘there was nothing wrong if students clean their toilets’.

A few students immediately raised objection and questioned as to what duties did the ‘ayas’ have and other class-IV staff in the schools. At one time, the organisers found it tough to pacify the students on the issue.

Forum treasurer B.S. Koteswara Rao criticised the CWC member’s advice that students clean the toilets. He said that the government should arrange sanitation staff in all schools and it was not correct to ask the students to clean toilets.

National Child Labour Project (NCLP) in-charge Project Director D. Anjaneya Reddy intervened and pacified the children stating that students should use flush or pour water after using toilets.

However, the toilets should be cleaned by the sanitation staff every day as several students use them repeatedly.

  • Organisers find it difficult to pacify children over the issue

  • An open forum on child rights organised with inmates of orphanages

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