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#MahadevapuraDemands: Show cause notices to 4 schools

Students from the schools had participated in the protest to demand basic amenities

Days after nearly 2,000 residents from Mahadevapura came out on the streets to demand better civic amenities, the Department of Primary Education has issued show cause notices to four schools whose students participated in the protest.

Block Education Officer (South 4) D. Hanumatharaya confirmed that notices were issued to The Deens Academy, DPS Whitefield, Inventure Academy and Greenwood High for “allowing students to protest during school hours without permission from the Department of Primary and Secondary Education.”

While stating that they are ‘not concerned about the protest’ and that citizens have the right to protest, he said that students should not be allowed to participate in such events, especially during school hours. “If the schools wanted to be part of the protest, they should have sought prior permission from the department,” he said.

Justifying the notices, he said the department is responsible for the well-being of the students, irrespective of whether they are from government, aided or private schools. “If something untoward had happened to the students during the protest, the department is answerable,” he said.

Residents disagree

Residents and parents of pupils are, however, not convinced with this argument.

A resident pointed out that one of the main reasons for the schools’ voluntary participation in the protest was the recent incident of a tree falling on a school bus. Fortunately, no one was injured in the incident, which shook many parents.

“Many school vehicles pass through roads that are dug up and are unmotorable. Children are stuck in traffic jams caused by poor roads. That apart, digging of roads to lay pipelines has weakened the roots of several trees. There has been no attempt to either restore the road or undertake a tree survey to assess the health of trees,” a parent said.

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