The Government Junior College for Boys in Hassan engaged on Friday a group of ninth standard students to remove roof tiles from the school building that is in a dilapidated state.
The school authorities made the schoolchildren do the risky job despite having got clear instructions from the officials of the Education Department against engaging children for any work on the school premises.
When presspersons reached the school premises on Friday, there was one group of students on the root-top and another on the ground. While those on the roof-top were busy removing the tiles, those on the ground took the tiles one by one and passed it on to another group of students who carried it to another portion of the building where yet another set of students were on the roof-top to place the tiles there. As cameras started rolling, the teaching staff hurriedly took away the schoolchildren, who were engaged in tile-removing and tile-replacing work, inside the classroom.
T.M. Partha, headmaster, told presspersons that officials of the Education Department had instructed him to use roof-tiles of the old building for another portion of the school building where roof tiles were required. “I had asked our peon to remove the roof tiles. But without my knowledge, he has employed the schoolchildren for this job”, he said.
The Commissioner of Public Instruction had issued a circular in August 2012 instructing all schools not to hire children for any work on the school premises.
The Commissioner had asked the schools to make use of maintenance grant for hiring workers to do such work, if required.