CISCE levies strict condition for returning exam-centre to Malda St Xavier’s

Women teachers move to police against resigned principal
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EOI CORRESPONDENT
MALDA
22 Nov 2017

Council for Indian school certificate examinations (CISCE) has laid austere conditions before authorities of Malda St Xavier’s school for returning home centre to its ICSE & ISC examinees. In a meeting with the school’s resigned principal Abhijit Jha and teacher-in-charge (TIC) Prashanta Roy in Delhi on Nov 21 the top brass of CISCE warned that the school’s affiliation might be ceased if a single incident of adoption of unfair means found during board examinations.
Meanwhile, the teachers of the school while briefing the media personnel today made it clear that they would not accept Jha as principal any more as they did not feel ‘safe’ during his tenure as principal.
Jha, however, defended himself saying that the allegations against him were ‘fabricated.’
Notably, the CISCE cancelled the school’s home centre facility a couple of years back when several irregularities were reported during ICSE & ISC examinations. As the situation was reportedly not changed enough even after shifting exam-centre to other schools in the district, the council moved the exam-venue for examinees of St Xavier’s school, Malda to a school in Kolkata.
The decision generated stir among examinees, guardians and the teachers of the school. Many of them blamed Jha for his alleged failure in holding board exams in proper way. Under circumstances Jha tendered his resignation on Nov 13.
Roy was appointed the TIC. Considering the plea of the teachers the district administration intervened into the matter and held a meeting on Nov 19. Both Jha and Roy were asked by DM, Malda to pursue the matter jointly. But the teachers claimed that Jha had lost his right to represent the school as he had tendered resignation.
Meanwhile, most of the women teachers alleged today that they were ‘humiliated’ by Jha when he was in chair.
“Jha’s approach towards was made us feel unsafe. Most of our lady colleagues had to refuse tutoring duty at hostel at night for him. We could not protest out of scare of losing job. But now as he has left, we have gathered courage and reported against him to police,” said Sumana Das, a senior teacher of Malda St Xavier’s.
Deepa Saha, another veteran teacher of the school seconded Das. “It’s impossible to work with dignity under him,” she said.
Mousumi Saha, a teacher of primary section of the school said, “We would try to prevent Jha’s attempt of occupying the school head’s chair again for it’s a question of our safety.”
Krishnendu Chatterjee and other senior teachers alleged that there was huge defalcation of fund during Jha’s regime.
Jha, on the contrary, rubbished all allegations leveled against him. “I wonder as to why those women teachers who tied rakhis on my wrist and celebrated my birthday are bringing such fictitious allegations. I’m afraid that root of such fabricated allegations lies in my failure to satisfy undue requests of few teachers,” he said.