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Shocked, govt promises action

he education department was shaken out of its slumber after the expose on Uma Khurana, reports Amitabh Shukla.

delhi Updated: Aug 31, 2007 00:54 IST
Amitabh Shukla

The education department was shaken out of its slumber after the expose on Uma Khurana, a teacher at the Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya in central Delhi’s Asaf Ali Marg, alleged that she had blackmailed her students into prostitution.

“This is one of the biggest scandals concerning a government school in recent years and I haven’t heard of anything similar in recent years,” said an official of the education department.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit told Hindustan Times: “No words are apt to condemn such incidents. We have taken immediate steps like suspending the teacher concerned and an inquiry. We will take more steps so that such incidents are not repeated in the future.”

Education Minister Arvinder Singh said he came to know about the incident at 11 am and immediately dispatched two lady deputy directors of the department to inquire into the incident. “The teacher concerned has been suspended with immediate effect and secretary education Rina Ray is conducting another inquiry into the teacher’s antecedents and her conduct in the past,” the minister said.

Local MLA and Deputy Speaker of the Delhi Assembly Shoaib Iqbal told HT: “First they sent a non-Urdu knowing teacher to a Urdu school and then failed to act on a complaint against her,” he told HT. Iqbal said that along with the parents of the walled city, he would soon form a committee to supervise teachers in schools of the area.

“It seems that the teachers now teachers need more monitoring than the students,” Iqbal added.

“The parents told us that Uma Khurana joined the school over a month ago and used to threaten the students. We want the nexus to be exposed so that such teachers do not manage to pollute the minds of the students,” he said.