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STANDING COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN SANDEEP NAIK INSTRUCTS ADMINISTRATION TO TAKE MUNICIPAL SCHOOL PICNICS ONLY TO LEARNING CENTERS LIKE SCIENCE PLANETARIUM AND AQUARIUM

std-5Post the death of Chirag Patel – an 11 year old kid who had died during his school picnic, NMMC Standing Committee Chairman and MLA Sandeep Naik said that the tragedy must be treated as a wake up call. He ordered the NMMC administration to take picnics of municipal schools only to learning centers like science planetariums and aquariums and ban picnics spots at water points and hills. The decision has been welcomed by city parents, reports Sana Warsia. In a rather tragic incident, 11 year old Chirag Patel – a student of Jijamata Convent School, Koperkhairane died after drowning. The school’s picnic has gone to a resort at Lonavala and under rather suspicious circumstances, the boy’s body was found almost 24 hours after he was drowned at the resort. The fact that the boy’s dead body was found in a tank at the resort sent shock waves among parents around the city. The school took responsibility of the tragedy but the gravity of the matter definitely calls for introspection by school managements. The matter was taken up at the weekly Standing Committee meeting by Chairman of the committee MLA Sandeep Naik. Referring to the tragic incident, MLA Sandeep Naik said that the tragedy should be a lesson for municipal and private schools alike. He instructed the NMMC administration to henceforth send no municipal school picnic to any picnic spots close to water bodies like the sea, rivers or ponds or even hilly areas. Giving a rather sensible and logical option, MLA Sandeep Naik asked the administration to instead take municipal school students for picnics to learning centers like science planetariums and aquariums. MLA Sandeep Naik also instructed the administration to send notice to private schools with the same directive. The members of the Standing Committee paid condolence by observing two minutes silence praying for Chirag Patel’s soul to rest in peace. Speaking to the media after the meeting, MLA Sandeep Naik reiterated the same. He said that since reform should begin from home, they have taken this decision for municipal school but soon NMMC would also communicate the same to private schools in the city. The incident has left parents across the city fearing safety and security of their children in school picnics. Evidently, the directive of MLA Sandeep Naik is being welcomed by parents who believe that this would prove to be edutainment for children that-is education with entertainment. Parents trust schools with their children during school hours. Hopefully city schools too will learn their lesson and leave no stones unturned to ensure safety and security of students during the hours when they are in the school’s custody. With Vrushali Chitre, Sana Warsia for NMTV News.

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