Stir in St. Xavier’s School over allocation of exam centres in Kolkata

Principal quits in face of agitation
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EOI CORRESPONDENT
MALDA
12 Nov 2017

Principal of one of the oldest educational institutions of the district - The St Xavier’s school has tendered his resignation following the agitations by teachers and non-teaching employees over the allocation of examination centre for the school’s ICSE and ISC examinees in Kolkata. Aggrieved and anxious guardians and ICSE & ISC candidates have also expressed strong discontent at the allocation of examination centre in the state capital, nearly 350 km away from the district. They have opined that shift in centre was an outcome of the school authority’s administrative failure. Prasanta Roy, a senior teacher and now the officiating principal of The St Xavier’s school, Malda said that resignation letter of Abhijit Jha, the outgoing principal was accepted. “The teachers and guardians of the school would jointly move to bring back the examination centres to Malda in the interest of the examinees. We would also seek the cooperation from the district administration in this regard,” Roy said.
The St Xavier’s school, a society-run English medium educational institution was founded in 1977. Despite having undergone several controversies from time to time the institution is preferred by the guardians and students considering its convenient location and affordable fee-structure compared to other such institutions in the district headquarter.
The school has strength of nearly 1300 students taught by 48 teachers. 17 non-teaching employees too have been serving the institution as learnt from school sources.
Briefing the media personnel on Saturday Roy said, “There was a huge stir among students, guardians, teachers and students regarding the shift in examination centres for upcoming ICSE & ISE examinations. The bygone principal’s failure resulted in the anticipated harassment of the examinees as we presume.”
In the same breath he said, “Several financial irregularities and administrative failure too occurred in last few years that badly affected the glory of the school. Our primary endeavour would be to get back the examination centres and run the school transparently following the rules and regulations.”
The teachers and non-teaching employees recently met the DM, Malda Kaushik Bhattacharya to elaborate the alleged discrepancies prevalent in the school. District administrative sources informed that Bhattacharya asked ADM (education) Debatosh Mandal to look into the grievances and prepare a report.
Jha said, “There were some problems regarding shift in examination centres for ICSE & ISC candidates. I tried my best to pursue the ICSE council to sympathetically treat the matter. But as of now there has been no change. As I was reeling under pressure from various ends, my resignation was the solution as it appeared to me personally.” “However, I would be glad to serve the school as a teacher. I have approached the officiating principal too,” Jha, the bygone principal added.