A school headmaster in Kerala tried everything in his power to stop nine tribal kids from being admitted to his school. From fat shaming to questioning the intelligence of these children, Wilson Daniel, the headmaster of MPM Higher Secondary School Chungathara in Nilambur of Malappuram district, did not hesitate in insulting children on their face.
The incident came to light when two social workers from Kerala Mahila Samakhya Society (KMSS), Aysha and Raseela took nine children from the Nilambur tribal colonies to meet the headmaster of the school. Their visit to the school was part of the government project which is aiming at bringing back the dropouts from the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe communities to school. KMSS is conducting camps across the state to identify those students.
But their visit to school turned into a nightmare when the headmaster started humiliating the children. Pointing at one one of the children he said that as he is fat, therefore, his weight will affect other students as well as teachers. He repeatedly called him as ‘Thadiyan’ – a derogatory term for a fat boy. Wilson Daniel went on to ask, “What will parents say? They will ask me how their small kids can sit in the same class as the fat boy”.
As per The News Minute, Aysha and Raseela have released an audio tape regarding their conversation with the headmaster. When the two of them objected to the language being used by the principal he came up with some other bizarre reasons to not admit the children in the school.
The headmaster did not stop here he went on to say, “Ask them to take bath, brush their teeth and cut their hair. What if other students in the class get diseases from them? This boy said he has some disease. What if he is using something?”
According to a recent data given by the central government, there has been a rise in the drop rates of SC/ST students. In the 2013-14, as many as 62.4% tribal children drop the school before completing class 10.