| Parents and teachers at the meeting. Picture by Biplab Basak
Siliguri, May 18: Nine students of Jalpaiguri Zilla School who were promoted to Class VIII have been asked to go back to their previous class.
The school authorities have alleged that despite the passmarks on their marksheets, all the nine students have failed in at least one subject each.
A senior teacher of the school admitted that the fudging of marks had been done by the class teacher of Class VII, Biswanath Mondal, who was also the students’ private tutor.
The results of the annual examination were declared on April 27 and classes resumed from May 2. When the teachers of the respective subjects in which the students had failed noticed them attending the new class, they brought it to the notice of headmaster Dhiraj Mohan Ghosh.
However, the headmaster’s order that the students have to return to their old class has been met with objections, both from the students as well as their parents.
An irate guardian said: “It is not fair. We have bought new books for our children and they have started attending the new class. Now, they are being told to go back to Class VII. It will affect their morale.” He, however, kept silent when the role of the private tutor was pointed out.
“He is the culprit and there is no doubt about it. But our children are not at fault,” said the father of another student.
Ghosh said such a dispute was uncalled for in an institution known for producing “brilliant” students. “Hardly any of our students secure second division in Madhyamik or the Higher Secondary examinations, and to think that we have to deal with a problem like this,” said Ghosh.
Last year, Soudip Deb, a student of the school, had scored 761 (out of 800) in the Madhyamik. He was also one of the 14 chosen for the All India International Mathematics Olympiad.
The headmaster said the school authorities had in a meeting convened today appealed to the parents of the nine students to consider their actual marks and not the ones given on the marksheets.
Sources present at the meeting said seven guardians have agreed to the school’s demand — that the children would be considered “not promoted” —while the remaining two have sought time.
A senior teacher said departmental proceedings would be initiated against Mondal. “Since ours’ is a government school, the entire case with necessary reports and documents would be forwarded to the director of school education,” he said.