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School hunt for Carmel students

East Singhbhum district education department has initiated talks with three Sonari schools for accommodating 239 students of the Hindi-medium section run by Carmel Junior College.

According to sources, the department had spoken to Primary School, Mahatopara; Middle School, Jantapara and CP Samiti. The move comes after authorities at the Sonari cradle decided to close down the project school, citing space crunch and lack of affiliation.

Worried parents approached district superintendent of education Indra Bhushan Singh for a solution so that their wards don’t have to discontinue studies.

“We don’t want students to become dropouts just because a private school decided to close down its project school. There are many state-run and aided schools and we will evenly distribute the students. If needed, we will approach more schools,” said additional district programme officer. Prakash Kumar.

He added that they had listed names of the affected students and would admit them in schools close to their homes. “According to norms, we can’t make students walk more than two kilometres. We will start the admission procedure within a week,” said Kumar.

Parents are still worried. “I cannot rest till my child gets admission in another school,” said Naresh Bagti.