Barely two days after students and parents gheraoed the principal of a government school in Yamuna Vihar over mass failure of students, protests over equally disastrous results hit another government school at Avantika in Rohini sector 1 Thursday.
In the compartment examination for Class IX students at the Government Girls Senior Secondary School in Avantika, 319 of 324 students failed, triggering the protests. Accusing the school authorities of deliberately failing the students, nearly 150 parents and students protested outside the school.
Radha Mehra, principal of the school, said they allowed students and their parents to check answer sheets. She added more than 20 students who examined their answer sheets gave in writing there was no error in valuation and they were satisfied. “This is not our fault.
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Due to the no-detention policy, all students are passed from grade one to eight and that it why a large number of students fail in Class IX,” said Mehra.
The school authorities announced dates for all students who failed in the examination to get their answer papers re-evaluated. Not all parents and students accepted the school’s claim that there were no errors in valuation. A Class IX student said, “Many of the students had gone for tuition spending thousands of rupees and the school has not passed any of them.”
The protest remained peaceful, unlike on Tuesday, when nearly 500 parents and students had vandalised school property and hurled stones at teachers and members of the school management committee after coming to know of the results.
“We had to lock ourselves in the principal’s room to escape from the stones being thrown. A school management committee member was injured during the commotion and the crowd even damaged windshield of a teacher’s car,” said Rajender Prasad, vice-president of the school management committee.
Mahesh, another member of the school management committee, said, “We are looking at other alternatives like re-examination and will also propose to authorities to bring down the pass mark.”
There was no untoward incident at the school Thursday. The protests at the school Tuesday had coincided with similar outrage in the day at the Government Girls’ Senior Senior Secondary School in Yamuna Vihar following mass failure in Class IX and Class XI examinations. Nearly 300 parents and students had gheraoed the principal and the school was vandalised.