PCMC School Board administrative officer BS Awari says it is a gross violation of childrens’ rights.
Pimpri: While everyone, right from the government to child rights activists, is advocating an end to the evil practice of child labour, the School Board of Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) was caught napping.
During a teachers’ training session organised by the PCMC School Board at a school in Chinchwad two days ago, a nine-year-old PCMC school student was found serving tea to over 200 teachers attending the training session. The boy was in his PT uniform.
One of the teachers attending this workshop captured this on his mobile phone and shared the image with Sakal Times.
This is in contrast to the government policy aimed at eradicating child labour from the country. The Labour Department of the government is working hard to find child labourers and the owners of the establishments are being booked for the same.
However, some of the teachers do not find it strange to summon students from the age group of 9 to 10 years to ask them to volunteer for minor hospitality work like serving tea to the teachers.
Teachers, on the condition of anonymity, said the authorities must ask the tea vendors to serve the tea or employ a peon to do the job.
When asked about the incident, BS Awari, Administrative Officer of PCMC School Board said, “Asking a nine-year-old to serve tea to teachers is a gross violation of child rights. We are going to demand a clarification from the headmaster of the said school. Appropriate action will be taken against the person who is responsible for this.”