New school timing violation of child rights: RTI Movement

Jammu & Kashmir RTI Movement has demanded that the Government order on new timing for schools within Srinagar municipal limits should be revoked as it violates the basic rights of children.  The Movement has appealed to the Government not to go ahead with the timing.

In a statement Chairman of RTI Movement Dr Raja Muzaffar Bhat said that the Government order directing schools in Srinagar city to operate from 8.30 am to 2.30 pm is nothing but an abuse of child rights. He said that this would affect the health of children as well

“ How is it possible for children to reach school around 8:15 or 8:30 am especially for those kids who are studying in a school that is 10 to 12 kms away from their residence. This means such children will have to leave for school at 7 am as the school bus halts at more or less one dozen places,” Dr Bhat said. “For children who are supposed to leave at 7 am, then they have to get up at 6 am. Is this practically or medically possible for kids in the age group of 4 to 7 years?”

The statement added that for a majority of the students morning classes will affect their health as they won’t be able to concentrate on studies in class. “I appeal to Advisor to Governor Mr  Khurshid Ganai to withdraw this decision” the statement said.