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Assault slur on founder

Malda, Nov. 25: Two teachers of Holy Child English Academy were beaten up, allegedly, by the founder-secretary of the school when they met him yesterday to discuss various problems related to the running of the institution.

'We were shocked with the behaviour of founder-secretary Debashis Sarkar. He had assaulted two of our colleagues, Benu Banerjee and Cyril Raphael. The teachers had wanted to discuss several matters with him. But, Sarkar, instead of listening to us, started misbehaving with the two teachers in front of the students,' said the principal of the school, Seema Chakrabarty, today.

She claimed that Banerjee, who was a senior teacher, fainted after being pushed around by the founder-secretary. He was admitted to the railway hospital, but was later released. Raphael, who was allegedly assaulted by Sarkar, also had to see a doctor and was recuperating at home, she said.

According to the principal, Sarkar has been running the school unilaterally. 'The institution does not have a proper managing committee. No one knows how the finances are handled and there are no pay scales for teachers. We are in the dark about our provident fund deposits too,' she alleged.

The teachers claimed that Sarkar regularly went abroad on holiday with his family at the school's expense. They made it clear that the secretary was free to run a business, but he had to pay proper respect to teachers.

There are 980 students in the school from Nursery to Class XII. The teachers said the monthly earning of the school from fees is about Rs 5 lakh while admission charges range from Rs 1,500 to Rs 2,600.

Sarkar, however, has denied all allegations. He claimed that a section of teachers were out to ruin the ambience of the school. 'The charges are baseless,' he said.

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