Parents protest ‘dictatorship’ of school

Nearly 150 residents of Gurukul Colony,the children of whom are enrolled in Jinendra Gurukul School,Old Panchkula...

Written by Express News Service | Panchkula | Published:March 26, 2009 2:10 am

Block national highway for almost half an hour,Jinendra Gurukul authorities withdraw decision

Nearly 150 residents of Gurukul Colony,the children of whom are enrolled in Jinendra Gurukul School,Old Panchkula,held a protest outside the school premises and blocked the Panchkula-Pinjore National Highway 22 for around 25 minutes on Wednesday. The parents were protesting against the school’s direction to around 70 students of the English-medium branch to furnish affidavits regarding their residential status or face rustication.

The Chandigarh Newsline had recently highlighted how the school’s action had put the future of around 60 students of the Hindi-medium branch of the school,who were issued similar letters,in jeopardy.

“We will not stand such dictatorship. Even if there is a land dispute between the residents of Gurukul Colony and the school authorities,why are they playing with the future of our children? After issuing letters asking students of the Hindi-medium branch for affidavits,they have now handed over letters to students of the English-medium branch as well,” said Santosh Kumar,a parent.

Another parent Jailal Singh said: “We blocked traffic on the highway as a mark of protest against the unjust demands of the school. They have no right to deny education to our children who have been enrolled with the school for the last so many years.”

Station House Officer,Sector 5 police station,Inspector Baljit Singh said: “The protest ended amicably after the school decided to withdraw their decision.”

Talking to Newsline,V K Jain,Secretary,Jinendra Gurukul School,said: “It was a misunderstanding. In fact,the parents of all the students who had been issued the letters are tenants of the school. We decided to send the letters as we were asked to provide information about our tenants but the parents took it negatively. We withdrew the decision today after Deputy Superintendent of Police Rajesh Kalia assured us that the police would carry out the process of tenant verification.”

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