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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.

Emotionally-charged 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 slogans.

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.

The 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
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