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Notices issued for closure of schools Saturday, March 3, 2001
AHMEDABAD: Director Primary Education R K Chowdhary on Friday issued notices to all primary schools, nagarpalikas and the District Education Office (DEO) to close schools for students with immediate effect.
Here, even as the state education department officials are dashing notice after notice ordering closure of schools, a number of schools reportedly remained open in the city. "Management of my son's school has refused to close and has said it will conduct exams continuously for one month. Government is saying something, schools are saying something else, please tell us what we should do in such a situation", complained an agitated parent over phone from Maninagar.
Answers to questions like these are hard to get as there is no official instruction as what action to initiate against those schools violating the GR.
"We have instructed all schools to remain closed and can initiate disciplinary action against non-complying schools to the extent of cancelling their recognition", conceded an official in the rural district education office.
Meanwhile, those in the state education department confessed that no official decision had been taken so far on this issue. "We wanted the schools opened and that is why we directed schools to resume teaching immediately after the quake. But parents and local politicians put pressure on the department and hence the orders for the closure. Now what disciplinary action can we take against them if they remain open", said an official in the education department. On asked to comment whether recognition can be cancelled, the official said that cancelling the same was no good as it being a lengthy procedure, till the time it is enforced, the academic year will have been over, he said.
Meanwhile, principals of Diwan Ballubhai, CN and Shardamandir Higher Secondary School and representative of the Ahmedabad School Management Association met officials in Gandhinagar to request reconsidering decision on closing schools and allowing those schools where parents are ready to send their wards to continue with the teaching process.
"We could not meet CM as Anandiben Patel is not in town. She will be back tomorrow evening when we will meet her over the order", informed Justice BJ Diwan.