The private school associations termed the school closure decision as a symbolic protest and expressed their anger that the school principal and teacher were arrested by the police without investigating the matter. They said the matter should have been investigated at first and thereafter strict action should be taken against those found guilty.
On Monday, an FIR was registered against the principal and a teacher of a private school in Azamgarh on murder charges after a 17-year-old girl student allegedly jumped off the third floor of the school building in Azamgarh on Monday and died.
“All schools in the state including all missionaries, anglo-Indian and private schools in Lucknow will remain closed on Tuesday. Also, we will be meeting deputy chief minister Brajesh Pathak with a request that some policies and guidelines should be framed to protect school authorities and teachers in case a student indulges in some crime or ends his or her life on the school campus due to some personal or mental issue,” said UPSA president Anil Agarwal.
He said there is a need for a framework to save innocent people working in a school from being jailed in cases that are subjudice. Our biggest objection in the Azamgarh case is that the principal and teacher were arrested before the investigation began.
Latest circular from private schools’ association
Closure Of schools on Tuesday, 8th August, 2023
As you may be aware that a very sad and unfortunate incident happened in Azamgarh Children’s Girl School in Azamgarh. Our hearts go out to the parents of the child. At the same time we stand in solidarity with the School Principal and Class Teacher who were arrested without a proper enquiry into the matter. As per the unanimous decision of Team Lucknow Sahodaya and of various Associations, schools will remain closed on Tuesday 8th August ’23 for the students.
Dr Jawaid Alam Khan, Chairman, CBSE Sahodaya Schools, Lucknow