BENGALURU: Anxious parents of children studying in Indiranagar Cambridge School have put forth a list of demands for the school management to implement.
Dissatisfied with Wednesday’s meeting, where politicians hijacked the issue, parents met with the management later and presented a set of demands.
They demanded that the school pay ‘penalty’ to the victim’s family, considering that they are from a very poor background. They also demanded that the school not hire male teachers for the next five years at least.
“This incident will be in the minds of the children for a long time. We do not want our kids to grow up in a suspicious environment and be traumatised. In the next five years, students who are currently studying in the school will pass out,” a parent said.
Considering that the sexual assault on the six-year-old girl took place between 2.30 pm and 3.30 pm, parents have demanded that the school cancel remedial classes. “These classes began this year to help students. However, between 2.30 and 3.30 pm, there are only a few teachers and students in the school. Since, officially, it is after school hours, not much attention is given to the students either. Until the school can come up with a system that will ensure safety of our kids, we have demanded that the remedial classes be stopped,” a parent said.
Apart from this, they are demanding that a parents’ association be set up, conduct and background verification be done when hiring employees, their details (including photograph) be displayed so that parents are kept in the loop.
School Considering Demands
The chairman of Indiranagar Cambridge School, Pramod Arya, confirmed that parents had put forth some demands.
“We are already implementing the guidelines issued by the police and are regularly updating them on the status of implementation. Parents have also met with us and put forth some demands. We have made a note of them and are seriously considering them,” Arya told Express.
He said some of these demands, such as GPS facility in school buses, have already been implemented. “Regarding the other demands, we will discuss and take a decision on implementing them as soon as possible.”