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Bihar State Commission for Protection of Child Rights on Monday took cognisance of the suicide of a Class VII student while stating that it might recommend cancellation of the school’s affiliation to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) if the institution is found guilty.

Abhijeet Kumar of St Karen’s High School was found hanging from a fan at their AG Colony home on Sunday afternoon.

Family members of the boy said the school virtually threatened a transfer certificate (TC) to Abhijeet as he had secured low marks in a test. He was reportedly depressed after that though no suicide note was found to corroborate the claim.

On Saturday, the school conducted a parents-teachers meeting where Abhijeet and his accompanying uncle were told that he was not performing well and a transfer certificate would be given to him.

Earlier too, the child was threatened in the class of being given a transfer certificate.

Bihar State Commission for Protection of Child Rights chairperson Nisha Jha said: “On Monday morning, commission member Arun Kumar Verma was sent to the boy’s house. Verma came to know from Abhijeet’s elder brother, who reads in Class VIII in the same school, that a few days back, a child had whistled in the class but Abhijeet was blamed for that. He was threatened to be handed out a transfer certificate then also. In the parents-teachers meeting on Saturday, his uncle was even asked to collect the TC.”

On the other hand, St Karen’s High School has denied the TC threat. Schoolteacher Manoj Kumar said: “How can a child be threatened of being given a transfer certificate and that too in the middle of an academic session? Even if a child has to be given a transfer certificate that would be done only at the end of the session. We have just finished the Summative Assessment-I (SA-I) last month and SA-II is to start next month. It might be the parents have been informed of Abhijeet’s poor performance in the exams and they could also scold him badly.”

Manoj added that the parents were just informed about the SA-I performance of the kids.

However, Nisha added: “We will write to all the district education officers to inform private and government schools to never to do such talks in front of a child. Instead the parents should be told such issues, if at all, separately.”

An officer of Shastrinagar police station said Abhijeet’s father Jitendra Narain, himself a maths teacher of Baldev High School, submitted in writing that the boy was scolded for his undesired performance in the tests.

“No FIR has been lodged against the school yet but we have filed a case of unnatural death,” said the officer.


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