School gherao: Govt gives clean chit to Education Council

Bratya Basu

The education department today gave a clean chit to the Higher Education Council, which has been facing criticism amid incidents of gherao by students pressing for pass marks in tests at various schools.

The council had reportedly taken the tabulation sheets of the school test from Rishi Aurobindo Vidyapith at Santoshpur for recheck two days ago, after the students gheroed teachers demanding pass marks.

Education minister Bratya Basu today praised the council's efforts and said it had done a good job in solving the stalemate at the school.

However, the move generated controversy among academicians.

"The board's decision could have a negative impact on students, who might feel that they can disrupt school and gherao teachers if they fail to clear an examination," said Debasish Sarkar, ex-secretary of West Bengal Higher Education Council.

Sunanda Sanyal, an educationist, said, "This government does not know how to work. By giving a clean chit to the board, it indicates that the council can do anything."

Many other educationists felt the council was acting in a whimsical way.

According to Sanyal, "Such incidents of violence in schools will increase if the education department and the council do not take adequate steps."

Ripple effect

At Nari Shiksha Mandir at Nalini Sarkar Lane in south Kolkata, Nadipad school at Balurghat and Sarsuna Basudevpuri High School, students gheraoed teachers to press for pass marks for students who could not clear the examination. At Balurghat, students locked the gate and teacher had to wait outside for an hour.

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