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Group helps students express their woes through postcards

Dec 10, 2012 10:53 AM IST India India

New Delhi: A group of students from various Delhi government schools is using an innovative idea to express its woes ranging from lack of infrastructure to the abuse by their teachers. These students write their woes on postcards, which have now been forwarded to the Chief Justice of India and Delhi government.

"My teacher beats us up over petty things. He even abuses us. We feel very insulted," a Class XI student writes this on a postcard to vent out his anger against his teacher. Fifty other students follow this example and use postcards to expose the rot of apathy, lack of infrastructure, assault and abuse by teachers in government schools.

The students complain that their teachers come to school but never teach them. "Our teacher makes us do his household chores and when we refuse, he beats us up," they say.

In an attempt to overhaul the quality of education, Social Jurist - a consortium of lawyers and social activists - enrolled students in 2011 on a postcard campaign to expose the lack of implementation of Right to Education in India. And, now postcards from 500 students have been forwarded to the CJI and Delhi government. "We hope that this will bring a revolution and improve the quality of education," says Advocate Ashok Agarwal.

Taking a note of the problems students are facing in government schools, the Delhi government has ordered an inquiry. "We will verify this and take appropriate action," says Delhi's Women and Child Development Minister Kiran Walia.