Let there be no other Pradyuman!
This is an open letter to whomsoever it may concern, I am really shaken by the death of Pradyuman and series of events that have surfaced in different schools victimising little kids.
I am a mother of a 2-year-old child and the day I saw the news about the cold-blooded murder of a 7-year-old Pradyumn, I was left dumbstruck. Well, I never doubted the fact that human is the most dangerous animal but the way this little boy was murdered is.....no word can describe it.
I don’t know if there was something wrong with schools or there is something seriously wrong with the school management. But, another point that I would like to raise here is about the playschools.
I think most of the parents nowadays send their kids to playschool. It’s a place where children learn the basics of life and get geared up to enter the real world of schooling. But, have you noticed that there are so many playschools have mushroomed in every nook and corner of the city.
I just want to know how many such schools are affiliated or is there any system in place which assures that these playschools follow a set pattern. It might not concern a few but to many of us, it is a point of worry. Knowing the fact that our little ones are very small, they can barely speak clearly, they are too naïve to understand the ill-intentions and malicious thoughts; under such circumstances, there is a dire need to have a system in place which sets the certain protocol for opening playschools.
Even if there are parameters that need to be met to open playschool, it's important to check for those schools which are running in a room or in a small area where no amenities are present.
What can we do as parents?
I agree to the fact that schools are the second home for a child but, taking into account the recent precedence, it is the time that we as parents take up the charge and become proactive.
If you are planning to enroll your child or have already enrolled then you must have these pointers on your radar-
- You must know about the playschool and its staff.
- Try to stay personally connected with the staff members and other staff of the school
- Enquire about the verification procedure of the staff members
- The schools should have enquired complete details about each member of the staff, starting from the teachers to the watchman
- Enquire about the first aid facility available in the school
- Make sure that you drop your child to his/her class
- You should do a surprise check in the school
- Don’t forget to meet your ward’s teacher regularly
- And the most important thing, you should observe the behavior of your child. It's very important that you must check if your child is happy to go to school and at the same time he/she is happy while coming back.