UP Private Schools To Close On August 8 Against Arrest Of Azamgarh School Principal
In a unified display of solidarity, all private schools operating within Uttar Pradesh have announced their closure on August 8, 2023. This collective decision stems from private schools affiliated with CBSE, ICSE, and UP Board across the state. The motive behind this closure is to stand in support of the Azamgarh School principal who was recently arrested. This resolution was reached during a meeting organized by the Unaided Private School Association.
It is important to note that the Uttar Pradesh Government has not officially declared August 8, 2023, as a public holiday, and government-run schools within the state will continue with their regular operations. Parents whose children attend private schools in Uttar Pradesh are encouraged to stay in contact with the respective school authorities for any updates regarding the closure.
The catalyst for this action was the arrest of a school principal and teacher in Azamgarh. This came after a tragic incident where a student from their school tragically jumped off the school building and lost her life. Anil Agarwal, the president of the Unaided Private School Association, UP, shared this information. Distraught parents of the deceased student have alleged that their daughter's extreme step was a result of harassment by the teacher and principal.
The Unaided Private School Association, through a press release, has expressed concerns that the parents of the deceased student have been uncooperative and have resorted to threats of filing a First Information Report (FIR) on trivial matters. The association highlights the tendency to place the blame on school management, principals, or teachers when a student takes unfavorable actions.
The girl's father reported the principal and teacher to the police, citing mistreatment and humiliation of his daughter. An investigation is currently underway, with a panel of doctors having conducted the autopsy, which was documented on camera, as confirmed by Anurag Arya, the Superintendent of Police in Azamgarh. Arya has assured that a scientific inquiry will be conducted, and those found guilty will face appropriate consequences.
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