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Parent Claims Child Was Stabbed By Pencil

“The school had called me around 9.57am, informing me that my son, Prajval was bleeding with pencil holes which two girls in his class had caused,” he said.
24 Mar 2021 11:00
Parent Claims Child Was Stabbed By Pencil
Ravin Singh with his son Prajval Singh a Year One student of Vunimono Sanatan Primary School.

Rosy Akbar has advised a parent, whose child was allegedly physically bullied by students in a primary school, to see her if his concerns were not resolved.

The Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts made the comment outside Parliament yesterday after acknowledging that the ministry had received a report on the matter.

It comes after a Year One student of Vunimono Primary School in Nausori was allegedly stabbed multiple times by a pencil by students in the same class on Monday.

Ms Akbar said: “Any complaints that the parent has regarding the incident, I suggest he goes to the Divisional Education Officer and if he still is not satisfied, he can come and see me at the ministry.”

Parent, Ravin Singh, yesterday told how the alleged incident became his worst nightmare.

He shared his concerns about the alleged laxity of the school’s staff members in taking his son to the hospital.

“The school had called me around 9.57am, informing me that my son, Prajval was bleeding with pencil holes which two girls in his class had caused,” he said.

“They also told me, they were taking him to the hospital.

“I advised them to do it immediately and I would be there at the hospital shortly.”

Mr Singh claimed that the school did not take any action.

“After 20 minutes, I called the head teacher and he was still in school doing reports,” he said.

“I headed straight to school to find my son sitting in the head teacher’s foyer shivering and frightened, for almost one-and-a-half hours!”

School manager, Govind Singh, said it was unfortunate that management was not told of the incident and are now investigating the matter.

“Children are their parents’ most valuable treasure and they are to be treated with love and care but unfortunately, the reaction from the school was very dissatisfying and we are looking into it,” he said.

Head teacher Sunil Sharma said a report of the incident has been submitted to the ministry.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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