J&K: Army school sacks teacher, staff resign in protest

“They have submitted their resignations but I have not recommended their resignations...,” Army Goodwill School principal Shahida Khan told The Sunday Express. Twenty-nine of the school’s 37 staff members have put in their papers

Written by UBEER NAQUSHBANDI | Budgam | Published:June 11, 2017 4:38 am
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A majority of the staff at an Army school in Jammu and Kashmir’s Sharifabad has submitted their resignations following the sacking of a teacher for calling Hizbul Mujahideen militant Sabzar Ahmad Bhat a “martyr”. “They have submitted their resignations but I have not recommended their resignations…,” Army Goodwill School principal Shahida Khan told The Sunday Express. Twenty-nine of the school’s 37 staff members have put in their papers. Teachers claimed that they were asked to chant

‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ and ‘Jai Hind’ at the morning assembly after Sabzar’s killing. A teacher said earlier they were told that there would be no classes for class IX students after they had protested when Sabzar was killed. “When we inquired about the reason, we were told that the students had written ‘we want azadi’…’’ the teacher said.

Another teacher said that Lt Col Anoop Kutyal and Major Sapnil Barwa, who led a counseling team, accused them of failure after counseling the students. “One of our colleagues Mudasir (Abdullah Bhat) tried to explain the situation to the officers and said ‘jis din Sabzar shaheed hua’ (the day Sabzar was martyred),’’ he said. Mudasir said that he had just tried to explain the incident. “I did not do anything wrong,’’ he said. Army officials could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.

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    Narinder
    Jun 11, 2017 at 11:13 pm
    Nice action Pandits educated these .... and in lieu were shot and scared out and now army goodwill school being used as illwill school and those teaching also. ........go and accept the resignation there are thousands who will line to join
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    Countryfirst Pune
    Jun 11, 2017 at 4:31 pm
    Why not accept their resignation? Some other needy kashmiri youth may get that job. Do not be fool to pretend that otherwise the sky will fall. In fact , it will act as deterrent else where. If the principle believe it , she/he must be sacked as well. Useless reporter as well
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    murtyvonna
    Jun 11, 2017 at 8:30 am
    Ungrateful lot
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