Raiganj, Feb. 5: The Raiganj Free Government Primary School will admit only those children who reside within 1km radius of the institution to Class IV and new students won’t get entry into Classes II and III this year.
The decisions were taken at a meeting held in the chamber of the additional district magistrate (general) here today. The meeting that was convened following the confinement of the headmistress by guardians yesterday in effect sealed the same decisions taken by the authorities on February 1.
Four representatives of the parents, who were demanding that all students who had applied for fresh admissions to Classes II, III and IV be taken in, also attended the meet.
Today’s meeting addressed the admission of 531 applicants to the three classes.
After the meeting, ADM Sonam Bhutia said it had been decided that 127 students who met the distance criterion would be admitted to Class IV from February 11. “But admissions to Classes II and III remain stopped. For these two classes, the sub-inspector of schools (S. S. Gomden) will draw up a list of those who reside within the 1km kilometre radius of the school. Next year, these students would be given priority for admission,” Bhutia said.
The meeting was also attended by subdivisional officer (Raiganj) Nandini Saraswati, Gomden, two from the primary school and four representatives of the parents.
Shibu Datta, who represented the guardians at the meeting, said: “At the meeting, we had expressed our protest at the decision and said we would forcibly send our children to the school. The ADM said if need be, police would be deployed to run the school. So, we decided to refrain from any confrontation.”