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Carmel school crisis ends

The 236 students of the non-affiliated Hindi-medium school run by Carmel Junior College will be shifted to nearby government and aided cradles.

East Singhbhum district superintendent of education Indra Bhushan Singh took this decision on Friday, a day after parents led by representatives of Jamshedpur Abhibhavak Sangh met him and requested him to let the school run without an affiliation.

The parents had made the request at the behest of the school management who had promised to procure an affiliation in the meantime.

But Singh at a meeting at his office on Friday made the parents understand that the school would never get an affiliation and studying in an unrecognised institution would not benefit anybody.

“The school ideally cannot run because it does not fulfil the criteria,” Singh said.

According to Prakash Kumar, additional district programme officer of East Singhbhum, the Hindi-medium school would never get affiliation from even the state board as it lacked the criteria for being a full-time school.

“At the most, it can be referred to as a study centre for underprivileged children. So, we decided that the principals of nearby government and aided schools will be called on Monday and instructed to admit these students,” Prakash said.

Although the parents initially opposed the idea of their wards being shifted to other schools, they later gave in.

School’s representative Kishan Kumar, however, did not accept the decision and walked out of Singh’s chamber as a mark of protest.

But members of the parents’ outfit, Jamshedpur Abhibhavak Sangh, gave their go-ahead to the plan.

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