Parents of 150 students of Antonio De Souza High School,Byculla have claimed that the school has intentionally failed their children in Class IX. The parents have demanded that the papers must be reassessed and that a third party,a fact-finding committee should be appointed for re-checking.
We want the education department to conduct an inquiry. How can the school fail so many students? They have intentionally detained our children. We feel that they have passed only those who are very good in studies so that the school can show 100 per cent results in Class X boards, said a parent.
He was among several guardians who had gone to meet the education inspector of the south zone in Mumbai Central on Monday. We could not meet him as he was on leave, added the parent.
The National Students Union of India (NSUI) wrote a letter to the south zone education inspector on May 5 after many parents approached them,demanding that an enquiry or fact-finding committee must be appointed to investigate the matter. M K Tithe,deputy education inspector,South Zone,said that they have received the letter,but have not yet started any enquiry as the principal is out of town. A copy of the letter was also submitted to state school education minister Rajendra Darda on Monday.
I have received many complaints from students and parents of Antonio De Souza High School,requesting me to look into the issue. The school has intentionally failed more than 150 students of Std IX. The report cards have the principals stamp on it,which we feel is not suggested by the government and is in violation of the education departments rule. It also shows that the principal has not gone through the report cards, said Heena V Kanojia,Mumbai city president of NSUI in the letter.
NSUI said that they have been able to reach out to 80 as of now. We are spreading awareness and trying to reach out to the remaining parents. Some students may have also taken transfer certificates and left the school, Kanojia said.
After the Class IX results were declared on April 30,the parents had met the school vice principal. The vice principal asked us to meet the principal,but we could not meet him as he was out of town. The school authorities have asked us to return on June 15,but it may be too late as the new session will start by then, said another parent.
School authorities could not be contacted despite attempts. If the government wants us to promote children till Class VIII,then there are bound to be failures in Class IX, said Father Gregory Lobo,secretary of the Archdiocesan Board of Education,which runs Catholic schools in Mumbai.