BENGALURU: Parents of students in Orchid International School at Nagarabhavi on Monday staged a protest demanding that the management provide safety measures for their wards on the campus. The school has 1,030 students.
As construction work is going on in the campus even during the school hours, the parents had demanded that these be stopped during the day. Following a lack of response from the management, the parents gathered at the school on Monday morning and staged a protest.
Speaking to Express, Padma Shivakumar, a parent, said during the admission process, the management promised that there won’t be construction work during the day. “But for the last few months, construction works are being carried out even when the kids are around. When we questioned this, they asked us to take Transfer Certificates,” the parent said.
Parents also alleged that the teachers physically abuse the children. “Our children have complained that they are pinched on their thighs and under the arms. When we questioned them (the teachers), they threatened of targeting our kids,” another parent said. According to the parents, the school has sent a circular recently about a three-day trip with the condition that the school will not be held responsible if anything happens to the students. “This is what raised our anger. They are acting irresponsibly. How can they say they are not responsible for any kind of problems during the trip. When that is the case, why should we send our kids to this school?” Padma Shivakumar asked.
Meanwhile, the principal has also forbidden parents from speaking in Kannada during meetings. “She openly threatened the parents of sending their wards out if they speak in Kannada during any of the meetings,” said a parent.
When Express contacted principal Manjula, she said she was in a meeting and refused to comment.