Dissatisfied with their results, students of the Government Girls Senior Secondary School in northeast Delhi vandalised school property on Friday.
The incident took place at Karawal Nagar, where girls of Class 9 and 11 broke chairs, fans, lights, flower pots and burnt mats. When the students became unruly, the police were called.
In the school, almost 600 students of Class 9 and 11 have failed. There are around 800 students in Class 11 alone.
“The students were first protesting outside the principal’s office. But in no time, the situation went out of hand as a few outsiders entered the school,” said Sushlesh, a school management committee (SMC) member.
As classes were being held, many students were locked inside the classrooms. They were allowed to leave the rooms once the police arrived.
“We had no choice, but to call the police as the students didn’t listen to us. The SMC members had to help the principal leave the school. She was terrified,” said Sushlesh.
To prevent any more trouble, the police detained a few students.
“We have registered a case of mischief causing damage at the Karawal Nagar police station,” said a senior police official.
The Deputy Directorate of Education (DDE) of northeast district said they would look into the matter.
“This should not have happened. This was not the way to express anger and resentment. We will look into the issue,” said ML Ambhore, DDE, northeast.
It wasn’t just northeast Delhi, protests against poor results were also held at a school in west Delhi.
At Sarvodya Kanya Vidyalya, Nilothi, Class 9 students protested against their poor results.
“If students get compartment in two subjects, they are considered pass, but I have been failed. I was not given any marks for Home Science practicals too. Many other parents were also at school today, demanding an explanation,” said a student from Class 11.
The vice-principal, Ranjana Budhiraja, said the school had an average result.
“The results are normal. A few students have failed,” said Budhiraja.
A similar problem had taken place last year also, when several Class 9 students failed in their exams.