Tension prevailed at Manawan in Moga district on Monday on the issue of closure of BIS Adarsh school in the village. A posse of police were deployed by the district administration to prevent teachers and students from entering the school premises.
After the teachers were denied entry, they held classes in the middle of the road outside the village school. The classes continued till 2pm.
It is pertinent to mention here that as many as 12 Adarsh schools in Malwa region have been closed by the state government in the wake of absence of a concrete policy on the matter. Over 500 students are on rolls at the BIS Adarsh School, which was started in partnership with BIS Institution of Gagra in a rented building. The Manawan school was also declared closed along with others after BIS deserted it.
At the end of summer vacations on July 1, state education secretary Anjali Bhawra had directed the Moga deputy commissioner to extend the vacations till July 6, which were further extended to July 14. The village school was supposed to reopen on Monday.
As soon as parents came to drop their children at the school in the morning, they found police had set up check points at each and every entry point to Manawan village and were turned away by police. However, more than 200 students along with their parents and teachers managed to enter the village from Balkhandi road, sending police officials in a tizzy. Though teachers, students and their parents tried to enter the school, police foiled their bid.
Former health minister and Congress leader Inderjeet Singh Zira, who led the parents, accused the state government of failing to run the Adarsh schools properly. "We will continue to protest tomorrow also. Since it is very hot for children, the classes would be held in an old building," Zira said.
Moga deputy commissioner Arahsdeep Singh Thind said, "We have not allowed anyone to run the school in old or any other building. Rather, we have announced vacations for another week till the state government takes a decision on the fate of these schools."
He clarified that no meeting had been held with parents of the children or politicians and that police would be deployed till further orders."I have brough the development to the knowledge of education secretary, who also holds the charge of DGSE. She has asked me to wait till a decision by the state government," the DC added.