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Children injured as school van overturns near Kancheepuram

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Recovering from trauma: Children injured in the accident being treated at the District Government Headquarters Hospital in Kancheepuram on Wednesday.
Recovering from trauma: Children injured in the accident being treated at the District Government Headquarters Hospital in Kancheepuram on Wednesday.

V. Venkatasubramanian

Closure of the school running without recognition ordered

KANCHEEPURAM: A road accident on Wednesday, involving a van of a private school at Baluchetty Chatram near Kancheepuram, which was transporting schoolchildren, led to District Education officials ordering the closure of the school.

The van had 16 children of Muttavakkam, who are students of kindergarten and primary sections of the school. The vehicle overturned near Melvangaram around 9.30 a.m., injuring the children. The van driver, Vinodh, of Melottivakkam, fled the scene. Melvangaram residents spotted the stranded children and alerted the EMRI ambulance service. The children were rushed to the District Government Headquarters Hospital, where they were treated for bruises and other minor injuries.

Subsequently, a team of officials from the District Education Department visited the school to ascertain the actual cause of the accident, when they stumbled upon the fact that the school management was running the institution without a proper recognition certificate from the department.

According to Chief Education Officer Mohankumar, a thorough inquiry revealed that the private school management had obtained permission to run ‘Uma nursery and primary school,’ but the said recognition had expired on May 31. However, the management continued to run the institution under the name ‘Sai Matriculation’ after reportedly convincing parents that the school had been upgraded to a matriculation school. “They have not applied to the Matriculation Board for starting a matriculation school. The department will initiate criminal proceedings against the school management,” Mr.Mohankumar added.

The school management had been directed to help the parents of 240 students studying in that school to get their wards admitted to nearby schools. The management had been directed not to conduct classes further during this academic year. They may re-open the institution after obtaining the necessary recognition certificate.

Police have registered a case of negligence and are on the lookout for the driver of the private van.

A total of 95 primary schools (33 in rural areas and 62 in urban centres) functioning in Kancheepuram district are run by private managements. Similarly, 10 upper primary schools (three in rural areas and seven in urban areas); 106 secondary schools (14 in rural areas and 92 in urban areas) and 127 higher secondary schools (13 in rural areas and 114 in urban areas) in the districts are also run by private managements.

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