Kerala: Demand to probe principal’s suicide

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Feb 10, 2018, 1:52 am IST
Updated Feb 10, 2018, 1:52 am IST
According to the union, the Plus-One students in the school, both girls and boys, were found drunk which was questioned by the principal.
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KOLLAM: The All-Kerala School Teachers Union (AKSTU) has demanded a departmental probe into the suicide of   the  principal  of Government Higher Secondary School at Ashtamudi  on  February 2.  The union alleged that principal Sreedevi, 55, ‘Anupam’, Perumpuzha in Kundara was subjected to mental torture by the parents for taking penal action against the students who misbehaved in the school.

According to the union, the Plus-One students in  the school, both girls and boys, were found drunk which was questioned by the principal. She asked their parents to meet her and disclosed the incident. However, the  parents’  questioned the principal over the code of conduct of the students.

 

“The principal’s family and a group of teachers in  the school believe that she was in mental distress after the incident which provoked her to end her life in her home.   The truth behind the incident should be brought out  through a departmental inquiry. Also, the government should bring in  a code of conduct for the parents and teachers  to prevent similar issues,”  Mr N. Sreekumar, general secretary of the union, told DC. It is also learnt that the teacher had no family or  financial issues and had   good rapport with  her colleagues. The union blamed the parents for isolating  teachers over such issues and putting great pressure on them.  The government should conduct  a study on the work load and mental pressure faced by all higher secondary principals in the state, the union urged.

Location: India, Kerala




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