Featured Image: A file photo of Mahadevi Birla World Academy.
By A Newsman
Kolkata, 10 September: AFTER being shut-down for three days due to parents’ agitation, the Mahadevi Birla World Academy at Park Circus in Kolkata will reopen on Friday but only the junior section.
The school principal has sent a sms to the parents on Thursday evening that reads: “Dear Parents, Please note that classes KG to V will resume their normal classes from 11.9.2015.”
The classes from VI standard onward that were in the middle of an half-yearly exam at the time of suspension of the classes, will resume later as the management is working on a new exam schedule. The institute offers schooling up to the XII standard.
The announcement to resume the junior section came on a day when the school management held a meeting with the representatives of the agitating section of parents.
The meeting, held at the school in the afternoon, ended on a conciliatory note with the management deciding to withhold the admission process until the resolution of all issues with the parents and the parents agreeing to call off their agitation.
The parents of boys studying at the school have been agitating for the past near two weeks against the school authority’s decision to reconvert the institute from co-ed to a girl’s school from the next academic session.
The school was originally founded as a girls-only institute but the management converted it into a co-ed one in the 2013-14 academic session.
At that time, some parents had objected to the move but the management ignored it saying that objecting parents were free to take away their children to some other school. The school subsequently admitted 232 boys in the pre-primary classes in the academic session of 2013-14 and 2014-15.
Now the decision to reconvert the school into a girls-only one has angered the parents of the boys, who feel that in future, their wards would find themselves isolated amidst an overwhelming number of girls.
Following the agitation, the school management had suspended all classes from Tuesday 8 September until further notice.
Subsequently, by approaching the Sealdah court in the city, the management got Section 144 of the CrPC imposed in and around the school premises with effect from 8 September evening so to keep the agitating parents at bay.
The prohibitory section that bars assembly of four or more people, will get lifted with effect from Friday morning.