Parents wait to meet the deputy commissioner at the district collectorate on Thursday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Parents agitated over Carmel Juniors College’s decision to close down the Hindi-medium school it runs for the less fortunate have knocked on the East Singhbhum deputy commissioner’s door for help.
As many as 50 guardians, some of whom agitated outside the school on Wednesday, met deputy commissioner Amitabh Kaushal at the district collectorate on Thursday and informed him that the school had asked their wards not to come after March 14.
They told the senior official that their wards had nowhere to go if the school closed down and requested him to intervene.
“We will see what we can do in this matter,” Kaushal told the parents. Later, the parents also met East Singhbhum superintendent of education Indubhushan Singh and apprised him of the problem.
The Hindi–medium school, located on the Sonari campus of Carmel Junior College, has been running for the past 18 years. Authorities recently decided to down its shutters and announced that students will be handed over their results and transfer certificates together on March 24. They cited two reasons behind the decision.
First, the Hindi school is not affiliated to any board. Secondly, running two cradles from the same campus leads to space crunch and impedes plans to expand the English school.
During the parents’ stir on Wednesday, principal Sister Gita had also said three hours of classes provided at the school were not enough to teach students. Currently, the Hindi project school, as it commonly known, runs only from Classes II to VI.
In their meeting with the deputy commissioner, the parents countered the school management’s reasons.
They asked why the school was ran for so many years without an affiliation and why did the school not try for procuring one after the Right to Education Act eas implemented in 2013.
Speaking to The Telegraph after the meeting, the parents said they were counting on the administration to come up with a solution.
“Humlog DC sahab se jaake mile hai, wo ashwasan diye ki kuch karenge (We have met the DC and he has assured action),” said Naresh Bagti, a parent.