Raj Thack­eray asks schools to fo­cus on safety of kids

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI -

Af­ter the Ryan school in­ci­dent where a child was bru­tally mur­dered, Ma­ha­rash­tra Navnir­man Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thack­eray has asked all prin­ci­pals and trus­tees of pri­vate and gov­ern­ment schools to take vig­i­lant mea­sures to pre­vent any­thing that harms the safety of chil­dren.

In his let­ter, Raj stated that he is writ­ing the let­ter to them in an ex­tremely re­sent­ful and an­gry state of mind as he has marked an in­crease in in­ci­dences of mo­lesta­tion of stu­dents. “These in­ci­dences some­where re­flect the care­less at­ti­tude of the school ad­min­is­tra­tion and the gov­ern­ment both, to­wards the safety of the stu­dents,” he stated.

He added, “Par­ents leave their chil­dren in your schools for a sig­nif­i­cant amount of time only be­cause of the un­der­ly­ing trust they have in your in­sti­tu­tions. They be­lieve that the teach­ing and non-teach­ing staff and all the agen­cies in­volved will take due care of their chil­dren. How­ever, be­cause of the grave in­ci­dences that have oc­curred in past few months, the trust of the par­ents in the sys­tem has been shat­tered.”

“As a par­ent, I ex­pect ev­ery­one to feel the same and treat all chil­dren in the same man­ner. Though there are chal­lenges, that does not ex­cuse you from tak­ing the nec­es­sary mea­sures and pre­caus­tions. Hence, I ask you to con­sider chil­dren’s safety as the top­most pri­or­ity,” Raj ap­pealed.

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