Panchayat president expresses concern over increasing rate of child abuse in schools
HASSAN: At the Teacher’s Day celebration held here on Saturday, floral tributes were paid to former President of India S. Radhakrishnan. Inaugurating the celebration, Hassan Zilla Panchayat president Kamakshi Raju expressed concern at the increasing rate of child abuse by teachers and advised the latter to be a role-model and impart value-based education, treating the students as their own children.
Ms. Raju said only education could produce good citizens, and all teachers should aim to make good citizens out of their citizens.
On the occasion, 13 teachers – eight from primary school and five from high school – were awarded with the district best teacher award. This year’s awardees are: H.R. Rangaswamy from Government Lower Primary School, (Chikkamallenahalli, Hassan taluk), K.L. Nagaraja from M.A. Government Higher Primary School (Mudigere, Alur taluk), Lakkoji Government Higher Primary School (Kadegarja Colony, Belur), Annappa Shetty Government Higher Primary School (Thirumanahalli, Belur taluk), Veena M. from Government Higher Primary School (B.H. Road, Arsikere), Kahim Pasha from Government Lower Primary School (Bettada Koppalu in Chennarayapatna taluk), K. Basamma, Government Higher Primary School (Doddakadanuru, Holenarsipura taluk) and Ramachandra from Government Higher Prrimary School Doddakunduru in Sakleshpur taluk, S. Venkatesh from Yagachi High School (Kandali, Hassan taluk), Renukappa from Jenukallu Siddeswara High School (Yadapura, Arsikere taluk), N.G. Somanatha from Government High School (Juttanahalli, Chennarayapatna taluk),Sekharappa from Government Model Higher Primary School (Halebeedu-Belur taluk) and H.N. Subramanya from Siddannaiah High School (Ballupete, Sakleshpur taluk).
S.M. Anand, MLC, suggested that Teachers’ Day celebrations should be conducted in all schools so that students would be aware of Dr. Radhakrishnan and his contribution to education. Vice-president of the zilla panchayat Chandrasekhar said that development of the country was possible only through education and teachers should identify students’ talents and develop them.
Vivek Miye from the Ramakrishna Ashram, Mysore, wanted teachers to often engage in introspection and become a role-model to students. She compared a teacher to a driver of a vehicle. Just as the driver could lose all his passengers by losing his concentration, similarly when a teacher failed in his responsibility, the society would suffer, she said. She advised teachers to build self-confidence in children. Director of the Department of Public Instruction Krishna Shetty and chief executive officer of the zilla panchayat M.R. Balakrishna were present.