Education minister to visit Shahla Sherin’s house on Saturday
Thiruvananthapuram: Minister for Education C. Raveendranath said there would be a detailed investigation into the death of Shahla Sherin, a class five student in Bathery.
Addressing a press conference here, Raveendranath said that action will be taken to resolve the dilapidated condition of Bathery Govt. Sarvajana Vocational Higher Secondary School. Reminding that education department had approved Rs 1 crore for the development of the school, the minister said he would visit Shahla’s house and meet her parents on Saturday.
“Preliminary investigations have revealed that there was gross negligence from the school authorities. It is clear that there were lapses in providing medical assistance to the student. There will be stringent action,” the minister assured.
“Education department has not given any direction to ask students not to wear footwear inside classrooms. It will be examined why such a direction was issued inside the school. Precaution will be taken to ensure that such an incident never happens in the future,” Raveendranath added.
“The government had granted Rs 1 crore for the Bathery Govt. Sarvajana Vocational Higher Secondary School, which is under the control of the district panchayat. I have learned that this fund was granted to demolish the old school building and construct a new one. Steps will be taken to expedite the construction. At present, directions have been given to fill up holes and burrows inside the classrooms. Immediate steps will be taken in this regard,” the minister explained.
“According to the DDE’s report, action has been taken against the teacher for delaying medical assistance to the student. The involvement of other teachers will be examined and action will be taken if necessary. The education department is deeply saddened by the incident. Meeting of PTA presidents and headmasters are being held in every district. Directions will be given to them to prevent such incidents from happening in the future,” he added.