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School closure ball in DSE court

The future of 200-odd students of the Hindi-medium school that Carmel Junior College runs for the less fortunate is now in the hands of East Singhbhum district superintendent of education Indubhushan Singh.

On Wednesday, agitated parents met representatives of the school management over the latter’s decision to down shutters on the cradle.

During the meeting, the school representatives said they would try to procure an affiliation. However, they added that the parents’ outfit Jamshedpur Abhibhavak Sangh — which is spearheading the stir — would have to approach district superintendent of education and request him to let the cradle run without an affiliation for the meantime.

“Initially, they did not want to talk to us. Later, it was decided that we would meet the education official on the issue. Our wards have been studying here for years. Suddenly, we can’t start sending them to a far-off state-run school,” said Surjamani Das, a parent of a sixth grader.

It was also decided that if the school managed to get an affiliation from a board, it will run till all the present students pass Class X exams. However, the school won’t admit any more students.

Principal of the Hindi-medium school Sister Gita said: “We will try for the affiliation, but parents will have to approach the district superintendent so that we do not get into trouble for running the school without an affiliation,” she said.

Large number of parents had gathered outside the school with their wards in uniform.

President of Jamshedpur Abhibhavak Sangh Umesh Kumar said: “We will try our best to ensure students don’t suffer. We will talk to the education superintendent on Thursday and urge him to let the school run till it gets an affiliation.”

Notably, authorities of Carmel Junior College had declared that the Hindi-medium school runs from its Sonari campus would be closed from March 15.