The Telegraph
Wednesday , December 18 , 2013
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Parents back school

The parents of the Shyambazar AV School students who had blocked a road for failing in exams admitted on Tuesday that their children’s papers had been assessed fairly.

Headmaster Manoranjan Kumar Raptan called the parents individually to his office on Tuesday afternoon and showed him/her the answer scripts of all the subjects in which the student has failed. He also showed the parents the papers in which the students were given grace marks to help them pass.

The class teachers and teachers of subjects concerned were present when the headmaster was meeting the parents.

A 100-strong group of students and guardians blocked Jatindra Mohan Avenue on Monday afternoon, protesting the results of the pre-board tests for classes X and XII. Of the 143 students who wrote the Class X test, 39 failed. In Class XII, 47 of the 171 students didn’t make the cut.

“We protested on Monday as the headmaster was not showing the scripts. We believed our sons when they said they could not score such low marks and thought there must be a mistake in the assessment or tabulation. But after seeing the scripts we don’t have any such doubt,” said the father of a Class X student.

On Tuesday, the parents formed a 10-member committee to meet the headmaster. But Raptan, who met representatives of the district inspector of schools during the day, decided to call the parents individually.

“I called each of the parents standing outside, one by one, and showed them the marked answer papers. They did not protest further and left,” said Raptan.

He said he had a detailed discussion with government representatives and showed them the scripts. Once they were convinced that the students had been assessed fairly and there were no mistakes in tabulation, they asked the headmaster to stick to his stand and meet the parents in an attempt to resolve the impasse. Following the advice, Raptan asked the assembled parents to come to his office one by one.

Later in the day education minister Bratya Basu said at a programme in Salt Lake: “The state government will not interfere in any internal academic matters of the school. The school’s decision is final in such cases.”