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Child labour in government-aided schools

Child labour in government-aided schools

Bangalore, Posted on May 25, 2012 at 09:45am IST

BANGALORE: A study conducted by National Commission of Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) and SICHREM, reveals that students (particularly girls) are made to perform domestic chores at government-aided schools.
“Although the state government has issued circulars, Group ‘D’ employees have not been appointed in primary schools. As a result, students are told to clean toilets, carry and wash utensils used for mid-day meals,” said Gangadhar Reddy, district co-ordinator.
Addressing a news conference on Thursday, Gangadhar Reddy said, the study had found that availing caste certificate was a major challenge to the parents.
“As many as 2,335 students from 47 schools are eligible for SC/ST scholarships but have not applied for it, as they do not have caste certificates, which is a must to procure scholarships.” �
The team suggested that the tahsildar visit these schools and provide the children caste certificates. Stating that majority of government schools did not have playground, the study has suggested the government to provide drinking water and toilet facilities to students.

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