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Students, parents protest mid-term shut down of Tamil School in Maninagar

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Manoj K Karia, Ahmedabad: Students and parents have protested the education department’s move to shut down a Tamil School in Maninagar. The school had been carrying out online classes for its students but the district authorities decided to shut it down as it had very few students.

The parents, students as well as president of All Gujarat Students Federation and former councillor of Khokhra, George Dias have protested the shutdown.

 

They argued that shutting down the school in the middle of the year will impact the students. Moreover, it is the only Tamil School in the area and hence they have no other option. The parents have approached the Commissionerate of Schools in this connection.

District Education Officer RC Patel in an order said the school will be shut down as per the rules of the education department. It said the Tamil School in Maninagar has a mere 31 students from Class 9 to 12.

The student strength is much less than what the rules demand. He said none of the classes has the required student strength. He said the records of the school will be handed over to the Ramkrishna School in Khokhra.

Hearings took place earlier

A hearing of the Tamil School was held before the DEO on February 27 and it was decided to shut down the school. But the decision was not implemented due to the COVID-19 lockdown and further hearing was held on July 17.

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The school was asked to increase its student strength but after it failed to do so another hearing was held on August 11. Later it was decided to shut down the school. The two teachers and a peon have been as of now declared as extra.

In a release, Dias and other members of the school said that it is the only secondary and higher secondary Tamil School in the state and the decision to shut it down in the middle of the school year will have an impact on the students.

They said in cases where teachers reach retirement age in the middle of the school year, they are allowed to continue until the end of the term so that it does not impact the students.

But here, in this case, the school is being shut down mid-way through the term under political pressure. 

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