Student operated on at SMHS
Baramulla: The Department of School Education suspended a school teacher in Uri zone on Friday after allegations that she allegedly damaged a student’s eye with a stick.
Shaheena Akhter, a teacher at the Boys Middle School Kroien, Zone Uri had allegedly beaten a 4th class student with a stick damaging his eye severely.
He is the tenth child of his father, Farooq Ahmad Lone, and was in class on Monday when the teacher struck him with a stick, damaging his left eye. The eye has been operated on at SMHS Hospital, wherethe
victim has been under treatment for the past four days. His condition is still critical, however, and vision in the eye is yet to return, said his uncle, Mushtaq Ahmad Lone of village Nambla, Uri.
“It was March 19.My son
came home from GMS Nambla along with other school children, and we saw his left eye was closed and he was holding a Rs 10 note in one hand. When we ask him what had happened, he and all the other children replied that one of his teachers had thrashed him with a stick. Then she gave him Rs 10 for a packet of biscuits, and, instead of taking him immediately to hospital, the school management sent him home. We took him at once to Sub-district Hospital, Uri, from where he was sent to District Hospital, Baramulla, for a proper checkup, after which he was sent to SMHS Hospital for further treatment. The doctors there conducted an operation on his left eye on March 20, but he still cannot see with it. There has been no other development despite the operation, and he is burning with pain,” Mushtaq said.
Mushtaq further related that their family is very poor, with victim’s
father a labourer and unable to afford the expenses of further treatment. “If it was a case of an accident, the school management should have shifted the child to hospital for treatment by themselves,” he said.
“We want strict action against the teacher who used the stick inside the classroom and strict action against the school management that did not take serious steps to shift the victim child to any hospital soon after the incident.”
Zonal Education Officer (ZEO), Uri, Mohammad Syeed Khan assured Kashmir Reader that strict action would be taken against the teacher and the school management.
Khan however maintained that “it was only an accident; otherwise, as per my knowledge, the accused teacher is very good, honest and hardworking”.
An official statement issued here later said that taking cognizance of the reports, Director School Education Kashmir G N Itoo has constituted an enquiry committee which shall submit a report within three days. “On the instructions of DSEK, Chief Education Officer, Baramulla has issued an order regarding her suspension vide no. CEO/BLA/ENQ/11544-48, dated: 23-03-2018,” the statement said.