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Day after HC order, girl gets Madhyamik nod

Daughter happy she can take the exams, father says after getting admit card
Calcutta High Court

Our Bureau   |   Calcutta   |   Published 08.02.19, 10:18 AM

The student of a school in Bally, Howrah, whose request to appear in the Madhyamik exams had been “turned down” by the school will be able to write the exams.

Calcutta High Court on Wednesday had directed the school to ensure she can take the exams and the board to see to it she gets the admit card by Friday.

The girl had attempted suicide last year alleging harassment by some teachers.

Officials of the school met the girl at her house on Wednesday night and got her examination form filled.

The West Bengal Board of Secondary Education received the form and other documents late at night and on Thursday afternoon handed over the admit card to the girl’s father, a board official said.

The board issues an admit card to a student after the school sends his/her filled in examination form within a stipulated time. Madhyamik 2019 will start on February 12 and continue till February 22.

On April 12 last year, the student had jumped off the roof of the four-storey school building.

She was admitted to NRS Medical College and Hospital with severe head and pelvic injuries. She suffered fractures in her legs. She was in the hospital till May-end.

The girl’s father had lodged an FIR with the local police station alleging she tried to end her life after being humiliated by some of her teachers in the presence of other students. The police started a case under the juvenile justice act against the school authorities.

On Thursday, he said his daughter was happy that she could take the exams. “She is still not completely fit. But she is keen to write the exam. She was under tremendous mental stress for the past few months as the school had not been responding to our request that she be allowed to take the exams so that she won’t have to lose a year.”

The girl had missed the school’s pre-selection and selection tests and could not fill in the examination form because of her treatment.

“My daughter underwent multiple surgeries and was bedridden for months,” her father said. “We had informed the school that she would miss the pre-selection and selection tests. When we saw her recovering, we repeatedly requested the school to take necessary steps to ensure she can take the exams. But there was no response from the school’s end. We then moved court.”

Some teachers of the school had apparently confined her in the common room for more than an hour after accusing her of taking money from junior students to buy tiffin.

She could not bear the “humiliation” and jumped off the roof of the school building, the girl’s father had alleged in his FIR.

A teacher of the school contested the allegation that the school had not responded to the requests of the student and her father. “The girl had not been attending school for a long time. She had not submitted her projects,” the teacher claimed. “So, we asked her father to see to it that she completes the project and submits it to the school. But they did nothing about it.”

The school should have informed the board about the developments concerning the student, the board official said.

“Schools have the liberty to not allow a student to write the exam. But in this case we should have been informed,” the official said.


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