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Parents stir over detention

Protesting detention, nearly 60 parents and their wards confined teachers and other staff of Sidhgora-based Ramakrishna Mission English School to the campus for nearly three hours on Tuesday.

Parents and students of Class VIII and IX locked the three gates after the school dispersed at 11am.

The lock-up lasted till 2pm when Sidhgora OC Sambhu Prasad Gupta arrived following an SOS from the school management.

The ICSE-affiliated cradle detained 20 Class VIII and 42 Class IX students after final and supplementary exams held in February and March, provoking the ire of parents.

Gupta spoke to fuming parents under Jamshedpur Abhibhavak Sangh and East Singhbhum district superintendent of education Indu Bhushan Singh over phone.

President of Jamshedpur Abhibhavak Sangh Umesh Kumar said the state-aided school was violating the Right to Education (RTE) Act by not promoting students of Class VIII. He alleged the school mentally harmed ninth graders registered for ICSE boards.

Parents alleged students did not get report cards.

But, school administrator Ranjit Choudhary said detained children had performed “too poorly” to be promoted.