Delhi Government School students, parents protest as children without school for a year
Karachi, Aug 25: The students and teachers of Delhi Government School, Federal B.
Area, protested on Thursday, against the hand over of the institution to the Old
Boys Anglo and Arabic Association. The latter was the original owner of the
school prior to its nationalisation.
It is worth mentioning here that
four schools under one roof in Federal B. Area were sealed on Tuesday. The
decision to hand over the possession of the school was taken on May 7, 2007 but
the city government did not vacate the school then.
students and teachers entered the school premises after breaking the lock of the
main entrance. It must be noted that around 5,000 students of Delhi Schools will
be out of school for one whole year as the education department has not yet made
alternative arrangements to accommodate them.
The new school management
has said that it will take one year to start the new academic session as the
building is dilapidated and in need of renovation.
Students, along with
their parents and teachers took to streets shouting slogans against the school
administration. They wore black armbands and carried banners inscribed with
A few students misbehaved with the school management and used
abusive language. They also hurled stones at them. Sensing the gravity of the
situation, the school management called the law-enforcement agencies who took
control of the situation and peacefully dispersed the students.
school administration admitted in court that despite clear instructions from
court, Assistant Director Legal (ADL) Iftikhar Ahmed of the Education Department
had sought more time as it could not make alternative arrangements to
accommodate the students of these schools. A specific time limit of two years
had already been given to the education department in this connection, the
school administration said.
The court had also ordered the ADL to pay
outstanding dues of Rs1,59,983 within 15 days but this has not been complied
with so far. The President of the Old Boys Association, Bashir Khan met the
parents and students and sought some time for accommodating the aggrieved
students. The students and parents seemed to be appeased by the assurances
extended by the school administration.
In the meantime, when EDO Fakhr
Karim was approached, she said that officials of the education department were
sent to the site to monitor the overall situation and the students were asked
not to take the law into their hands. She also said that all outstanding dues of
the schools had been cleared. The news