City schools are employing more counsellors to provide guidance to errant students as parents do not have enough time to look after their children
Children these days are not in anybody's control. Last week, a Std IX student hurled a stone at his teacher during the class.
The teacher of Abhinav Education Society in Bhayander was so embarrassed with the incident that she took a medical leave.
The Abhinav Education Society in Bhayander where a Std IX student hurled a stone at his teacher during a class
The school authority has taken in writing from the parents of the boy that he will never repeat the action.
At a time when teachers and school authorities cannot resort to corporal punishment, parents are not taking enough steps to control their children from indulging in such acts.
"When the incident was reported to the school, the boy was just warned as harsh action cannot be taken against him.
We decided to give him a fair chance to improve," said Jitesh Vora, chairman of PTA from the school. "This is happening only because we believe parents are not giving enough time to their children."
Confirming the incident, Principal Veena Sunder said, "The teacher was not hurt physically but psychologically she felt insulted.
She was a little depressed because of some personal issues and after this incident she went on medical leave.
We called the parents who were taking their child's side claiming he is young. We decided to give him a second chance by warning him. We have decided to give him counselling."
Another schoolteacher said that one of the students from secondary section was heard saying that he would set him on fire.
"The students who heard it informed the principal. That student too was warned by the school authorities," he said.
"These students need counselling and nothing else. I believe they cannot do such acts, so I didn't approach the police when some parents suggested that I should inform the cops."
Dr Rahul Ghadge, a psychiatrist from Kemps Corner, said, "A child with such behaviour needs to undergo counselling sessions, so that it can be identified if it's any disorder because of which he is behaving abnormally or is it just for fun that he has acted in such a way.
That is the reason most schools have counsellors now.
If parents don't take the precautions now by counselling their children, it can lead them to an addiction to such behaviour in their teenage."