Target: President Pranab Mukherjee
Goal: Punish teachers who discriminate against children in school
In India, children ages 6 to 14 are given free education, however due to a failing education system, many of these children will drop out before their elementary education is completed. A report details the discrimination many poor and marginalized Indian children face, prompting them to drop out of school. Children shouldn’t be discriminated because of how much money they have or their religious background. Teachers should be punished for exhibiting this prejudice.
Four years after India passed an ambitious law granting free schooling to children ages 6 to 14 has garnered little results. It’s estimated that almost half of these children who go to school will drop out before their elementary education is completed. A report released by Human Rights Watch detailed that children who are Muslim, tribal, or Dalit face heavy discrimination. This discrimination creates an unwelcome atmosphere for children, prompting students to be truant or drop out completely. Some of these children face immense discrimination from teachers and other school staff, and with a weak track system, school officials cannot track attendance.
One such child recounts their teacher telling him to sit away from the other children because he was ‘dirty.’ Groups of children would be thrown insults by the teacher and other Hindu children because their Muslim fathers had beards. Another group of children would be forced to sit in a corner where the teacher would throw keys at them when she was angry. During lunch time the children could only eat leftover scraps. Despite constitutional laws that prohibits discrimination, many children are the victim of it because of careless teachers. The law does not provide penalties for these violators and yet these negligent teachers are keeping children from receiving their education.
Sign this petition and demand the president to punish teachers who are negligent and discriminatory. All children, no matter what background or influence their family has, should be granted the right to education.
Dear President Pranab Mukherjee,
Four years ago, your country passed an ambitious law granting all children ages 6 to 14 free schooling. Unfortunately, while this is a momentous low, it’s estimated that more than half of Indian children are dropping out before they complete their elementary education. This news is grim and tells me that something troubling is happening in Indian schools.
Many poor and religious children are being discriminated against by their teachers and their peers. This hateful atmosphere will make almost any student not want to go to school. Your government needs to punish negligent and discriminatory teachers to ensure all students go to school. Education is crucial for a functioning society so please make this your priority.
[Your Name Here]
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