Authorities of local schools were shocked by the results of an experiment to monitor cell phone use in the classroom.
In addition to cell phones, the bags of students in Classes 8, 9, and 10 also contained condoms, oral contraceptives, lighters, cigarettes, whiteners, and hefty cash.
Following concerns that kids brought cell phones into the classrooms, some schools started checking students’ baggage. Even the Karnataka Association of Primary and Secondary Schools (KAMS) requested that schools begin checking the students’ baggage. But the result was unexpected.
A few schools held special parent-teacher meetings. The principal of a school in Nagarabhavi remarked, parents were similarly astonished and told the school authorities about rapid behavioural changes in youngsters.
Instead of reprimanding the students, schools decided to carefully handle the problem and sent notes to parents advising counselling. Despite having counselling sessions at the schools, the administrator claimed that the parents were asked to seek outside therapy for children and we gave leave for up to 10 days to such students.
A school principal said, condom was discovered in a Class 10 girl’s luggage. When questioned, she pointed the finger at her peers or the people at the private coaching she attends.
According to KAMS general secretary D Shashi Kumar, surprise bag checks were conducted in 80 per cent of the schools. One student’s bag contained oral contraceptives (i-Pills). Aside from that, water bottles contained alcohol, he added.
Kumar also said that the schools are having trouble getting over this shock. It was found that students were resorting to abusive language, were bullying their peers and even teachers, and making inappropriate gestures. Children as young as Class 5 exhibit this type of behaviour, he added.
Parental supervision was suggested by Dr A Jagadish, a specialist psychiatrist at Abhaya Hospital. Sharing an instance, Dr Jagdish said that a single mother discovered a condom in the shoe rack of her 14-year-old son. A few kids enjoy experimenting and engaging in these kinds of activities. Smoking, which can lead to drug addiction, and excessive interaction with people of the opposite sex that could result in physical contact are examples of this. The doctor has advised parents to mentor their children.