Sewage-children remark: Plaint reaches chief justice

July 19, 2012

A city NGO has complained to the chief justice of Karnataka high court about the remark of a school association president who compared children of poor families to sewage water.

GS Sharma, president of Karnataka Unaided Schools Management Association (KUSMA), had made the comment while talking about children who get admission to schools under the provision of Right to Education Act, which mandates that 25% seats be reserved for children from economically weak families.
Media had quoted him as saying: “The moment sewage mixes into the sea, the whole sea becomes sewage… The practice in private and government schools is different. If poor children join these schools, parents from the upper class will come and take the transfer certificate (of their wards).”

Taking offence to the statement, South India Cell for Human Rights Education and Monitoring (Sichrem) on Tuesday filed a complaint with the chief justice and gave a copy of the complaint to chief minister, Karnataka State Human Rights Commission, education department.
The complaint letter states that it is this type of discriminatory mindset that contaminates the schools and the students. It is evident that students from upper class families were being fed with these discriminatory thoughts. Education is a constitutional right and any debate over the validity of this right is pointless.
Further, the complaint points at KUSMA’s call for strike, in response of which about 60 schools were closed since Monday.

The complaint states that the association has gone on strike over some issues regarding the RTE and this demonstrates that it is against providing good education to children from poor families. The protest is not only a constitutional issue, but also points at an inherently bad mindset. Students from poor families who have taken admission in good schools under the RTE are facing discrimination.

Source: DNA; Dated: July 19, 2012