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Jaipur deaf, mute students want principal replaced for not understanding sign language

After the protest, additional district education officer Ashok Sharma said the school would revert to one-shift-a-day arrangement from August 1.

jaipur Updated: Jul 30, 2018 22:19 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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Deaf and mute students of Seth Anandilal Poddar senior secondary school on JLN Road in Jaipur protested on Monday against holding classes in two shifts , carrying placards stating ‘We want those who understand our language’. (Prabhakar Sharma/HT Photo)

Deaf and mute students of a state-run school demanded on Monday that classes be conducted in one shift and the principal be replaced as she does not understand their sign language.

The students of Seth Anandilal Poddar senior secondary school on JLN Road here protested against two shifts, holding placards stating ‘We want those who understand our language.’

After the protest, additional district education officer Ashok Sharma said the school would revert to one-shift-a-day arrangement from August 1.

The education department constituted a six-member committee that will report on improvements required in the school.

The committee, comprising the assistant district education officer (education cell), school secretary, two parents and two students, will submit the report in three days. Till then the principal has been relieved from duty.

“We have also banned use of mobile phones in classrooms by both students and teachers; every fortnight the education officer will hold inspection of the school,” Sharma said.

The organisation of the students’ parents – Anubhav Mook Shakti Abhibhavak Sanstha –submitted a memorandum to education minister Vasudev Devanani, supporting the demands.

“It is difficult for students to attend classes in two shifts as they are coming from as far as 10-60km. The parents’ body was not consulted before the arrangement was changed,” said Abhibhavak Sanstha secretary Yogendra Kumar Joshi.

“A majority of teachers in the school are not trained to teach these special students. The principal should be replaced as she does not understand the students’ sign language.”

First Published: Jul 30, 2018 22:19 IST