Road blockade over admission procedure of state-run school

Kolkata
18 Sep 2018

Agitated parents blocked a road today morning in the busy Jadavpur area, in the southern part of the city, to protest against the admission procedure of a state-run school.
Jadavpur Vidyapith, a 60-year-old government-sponsored school, recently issued a statement to notify the introduction of a lottery system for admission to Class V from the next academic session.
The agitators, all parents of students who study at a primary school located on Jadavpur Vidyapith's premises, alleged that they were not apprised of the rule during admission to the nursery section.
They also claimed that the authorities of Jadavpur Vidyapith had been directly inducting students from primary school 'Kisholoy' so far.
Aditi Saha, one of the parents, said they were made to believe that their children will be allowed to continue their studies till Class 12 during admission to Kisholoy.
"Now, the authorities of state-aided Jadavpur Vidyapith are issuing a notice to introduce a new system. This is unfair," she said.
Saha, accompanied by other parents, blocked the S C Mullick Road from 9:15 am to 11:40 amTuesday, disrupting rush-hour traffic, in protest against the school's decision.
Biswajit Sarkar, another parent, said the Vidyapith authorities should undertake admission based on the percentage scored by the students of Kisholoy in Class 4.
The 2.5-hour-long blockade in the morning was withdrawn following intervention by senior police officers.
A spokesperson of Jadavpur Vidyapith, however, said Kisholoy was just a private institute functioning from the premises of the state-run school.
"Jadavpur Vidyapith does not have any primary section.
The government-sponsored school runs a senior section - Classes V to XII. Kisholoy is just a primary institute, located on its premises," he said.
The lottery system is being introduced in line with the instructions of state education minister, he asserted.
The authorities of Jadavpur Vidyapith authorities have called for a meeting in this regard with the agitating parents on September 20, the spokesperson added.