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School that ‘denied’ admission to Muslim girl now ‘denies’ allegations

A day after RH Kapadia New High School allegedly denied admission to a Muslim girl,it did a U-turn on Friday.

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad |
October 26, 2013 3:26:29 am

A day after RH Kapadia New High School allegedly denied admission to a Muslim girl,it did a U-turn on Friday claiming that it had asked the parent to seek admission in the school’s Gujarati medium branch that caters to Muslim students and is located in city’s Muslim dominated area in old Ahmedabad. While these claims were refuted by the girl’s mother,state Education Department officials are passing the buck and have not yet taken any action against the school.

When contacted,school principal Seema Munshaw said,“The school authorities had asked the parents to seek admission in the other branch of the school located on the Relief Road which caters to Muslim students. Another reason being that it does not serve any purpose if a child commutes one-and-a-half-hour that too in peak traffic for a three-hour school.” The Muslim family lives in Raikhad area of the old city.

However,Zaheera Momin,the complainant and girl’s mother,refuted these claims. “There was neither such discussion between us nor there was any mention of any other school. The entire story is being created by the school authorities that is trying to save its skin now,” she said.

The school authorities did not allow to meet the principal of pre-primary section,Sonal Kapadia,whom Zaheera met for admission of her five-year-old daughter on Wednesday and was allegedly denied for being a Muslim. “Since the workload is high,Sonal,who is pre-primary section principal,assists me in the admissions,” said Munshaw.

The school in Satellite area has been run since 2005 in both English and Gujarati medium,while the one in old Ahmedabad has been run since 1926 in Gujarati medium.

On the other hand,the district education authorities seemed to be passing the buck claiming it does not fall under its jurisdiction. “It falls under District Primary Education Office (DPEO) of M M Jani,” said DEO M K Rawal. His office had accepted Jaheera’s complaint on Wednesday.

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