Kozhikode

School celebrates as SC backs its takeover by govt

Members of the parent-teacher association of the Government UP School at Malaparamba in Kozhikode staging a victory procession on Saturday after the Supreme Court verdict supporting government takeover of the school.

Members of the parent-teacher association of the Government UP School at Malaparamba in Kozhikode staging a victory procession on Saturday after the Supreme Court verdict supporting government takeover of the school.   | Photo Credit: S_RAMESHKURUP

Well-wishers get together at Malaparamba UP School, hails apex court verdict

As the Supreme Court too supported the State government in taking over three aided schools, it is celebration time for Government UP School, Malaparamba. Students, teachers, parents, representatives of various teachers’ organisations, and the general public, who had stood up for the school, got together at the school on Saturday. They also took out a rally in support of the government.

“This is a landmark judgment and a precedent for similar cases that may come up in the future,” said R.K. Iravil, a former teacher at the school. He had been in the forefront of the prolonged fight to save the school from land mafia.

‘For people’s benefit’

It was on Friday that the Supreme Court upheld the government’s decision and dismissed a petition filed by the school management. The Bench comprising A.K. Sikri and Ashok Bhushan backed the government’s decision on the grounds that it was for the benefit of the public and the protection of the education sector.

It was in June 2016 that the State government took over the Malapparamba and Palat Aided UP schools, besides PMLP School at Kiraloor in Thrissur.

However, it took the government some time to take over the buildings and land from the managements and resume classes. Both the managements, other than that of Malapparamba AUP School, moved court, questioning the government’s takeover of the schools that had already stopped functioning.

However, a Single Bench and Division Bench of the Kerala High Court upheld the government’s decision, after which the managements approached the Supreme Court.

The apex court noted that the government’s action was just in accordance with Article 21(A) of the Constitution as well as the Right to Education Act 2009. Also, the government had the right to take over the schools under Section 15 of the Kerala Education Act 1958, the court observed.

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