Upkeep of school for childrenwith auditory challenges

The Chairperson of the State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Neela Gangadharan, has recommended to the Director of Public Instruction (DPI) to ensure that the functioning of the Government Vocational Higher Secondary School for the Hearing Impaired at Jagathy is above reproach.

The representatives of the school’s Parent Teachers’ Association (PTA) had written to the Commission about the falling standards of the school, the lack of nutritious food for students, and alleged administrative and financial anomalies.

They also complained that the school PTA did not meet regularly and that the school’s principal, also the hostel warden, was not staying in the school quarters.

An enquiry conducted by the Commission’s registrar found many of the complaints to be true. He found that the stock registers of groceries and vegetables bought for the school were not kept properly, and that the school headmistress and warden were not staying in the school. He had written to the DPI to take immediate steps to rectify this.

Following this, the DPI Vigilance wing had conducted an enquiry and the headmistress was placed under suspension.

The Commission also recommended to the DPI to have a comprehensive, time-bound action plan for improving the school’s functioning, including improving the academic standards, safety and security of children, and making nutritious food available to children.