A STATE of confusion prevails in the School Education Department after conflicting orders regarding change of timings at Malav Kanya Ucchtar Madhyamik Vidyalya, Moti Tabela, were issued by the local and Bhopal authorities. What is more puzzling is that the District Education Office (DEO) denies having received a copy of the order. The school principal who has received the order is in a fix over the whole issue.
There used to be morning and afternoon shifts at the Malav Kanya Ucchtar Madhyamik Vidyalya before the recent visit of Assistant Director Public Education Ramavtar Malviya who had ordered to merge the two shifts and retain only the morning shift.
The decision had been strongly opposed by school principal Usha Dave, who informed the DEO office of the problems the order would create. Parents—who are mostly labourers—can’t send their children in the morning hours as their children lend a helping hand in domestic chores. They too had opposed the move. The students had even staged a walkout and were persuaded after much convincing by Divisional Joint Director (School Education).
Higher authorities had taken a serious note of the matter and it was discussed at the District Planning Committee meeting. Jagmohan Verma representing Minister of State for SC Welfare and Forest Prakash Sonkar questioned the efficacy of change in shift, which had resulted in many regular students becoming dropouts.
After discussing the matter at the meeting, Zillah panchayat CEO Ashutosh Awasthi on Thursday issued an order again asking the school authorities to have two shifts instead of one.
Malviya, however, argued that the earlier order was in the larger interest of the students as there are more number of teachers and less number of students. When the shifts were merged the services of the teachers could have been used elsewhere. He clarified that his order stands.
School principal Usha Dave, however, acknowledged having received the order issued by the CEO and verbal instructions for maintaining status quo from Malviya. “The situation has become very confusing and as both officials are important, instructions will be sought from the DEO”, she said.
DEO Maya Malviya on the other hand denied having any knowledge of such an instruction issued by Awasthi. She said, “My office has received no such order and if there is any clarification, it will be asked from both the officials”. Meanwhile, the school continues to be run in the morning shift. Teachers say that as internal exams are in progress, making any change in timing is difficult.