Government primary school on verge of closure again

  • Neha Arora, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Aug 25, 2014 22:09 IST

Teachers, parents and students of the government primary school in Radio Colony are a worried lot as rumours of the school being on the verge of closure have resurfaced.

The school also faced closure earlier when wrong inspection reports were filed by the circle education officer. Parents and teachers realised the future of the school was in limbo again as someone had reported that children did not go to the school regularly. The parents and other representatives of Purvanchal Jankalyan Mahasabha are living in fear that their children may not be able to study in the school.
A teacher said some newspaper had wrongly reported that teachers were showing fake attendance details. On visiting the school on Monday, it was found around 81 students were present from a total of 93 and the teacher said the students were coming regularly.

Neha, a class 5 student said, "I have been attending school since four years and my elder sister also used to come to the same school."

"All this is because of locality residents as they don't want their garden to get spoilt by our children as the school is situated inside the posh locality park. They are using political pressure to close the school," said Kamla Devi, a parent who works as a domestic help in the same locality.

Established in 1964, the school was opened with two classrooms for the children of labourers, daily wagers, maids and domestic help. It was shifted to its current location inside a park in the colony in 1982.

The parents said they would be left with no option but to make their children sit at home if the school was closed as they could not afford to send them to far off places like Abadpura, Model Town or Ladowali Road.
One of the parents who is a daily wager, Sukhdev Singh, said it would be difficult for them to send their children to other schools as they did not have time to drop them.

"The people over here didn't like the fact that the children of the down trodden are studying in the school. They just want to shift the school from the park," said another parent, adding they were approaching MLAs to get the school vacated by any means.

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