After GBU Malda St Xavier’s school faces deadlock

MALDA
18 Nov 2017

One of the oldest English medium schools in the district – The St Xavier’s School under Council for the Indian school certificate examinations (CISCE) undergoes a crisis as examination-centre of ICSE & ISC examinees from the school has been shifted to Kolkata from Malda by the council following several allegations of mismanagement.
The crisis deepens further as principal of the school Abhijit Jha, who tendered his resignation last week, now intends to be reinstated against the collective objection of majority of teachers and non-teaching employees. Many guardians have also opposed the attempt of Jha’s return. Prasanta Roy, a senior teacher of the school has been appointed as the teacher-in-charge (TIC) of the school.
Jha, however, claims that he wants to withdraw his resignation in larger interest of the students and after being persuaded by a section of guardians.
Additional district magistrate (education) Debatosh Mandal has convened a meeting inviting all concerned to resolve the crisis on Sunday at 12 noon.
“We have invited both Jha and Roy to the meeting. Teachers’ representatives, guardian-members and governing body members are invited also,” Mandal said.
“Our basic objective is to help the ICSE & ISC examinees so that they can write their papers in any school in Malda instead of Kolkata,” the ADM (education) added.
Teachers of the school have strongly resented the decision of inviting Jha to the meeting.
Roy said, “Jha has resigned and his resignation letter has been accepted by the secretary of school’s governing body. Hence, he has no right to attend the meeting.”
Jha, on the contrary, claims that he has withdrawn his resignation and he is the principal of the school again.
More than 40 rebel teachers, however, are backing Roy and accused Jha of ‘complete mismanagement and financial discrepancies.” “We would go to any extent to prevent Jha from resuming his duties. In seven years he has indulged in different vices. We do not recognize him as principal anymore,” said a senior teacher echoing the voice of her colleagues.
As the tug of war continues between two camps, the concerned guardians have strongly called for a fresh election so that a full-fledged governing body starts functioning to restore the school’s reputation. (EOIC)