Guwahati, April 24, 2019
The Principal of Holy Child School in Guwahati, refuting all allegations against the school of expelling a kindergarten student for being a “slow learner”, said that the child was not expelled and the authorities had only mentioned its possibility to her parents.
School Principal Lissy Rose said that the school regularly updates the parents about how a child is performing academically. “In this case, the parents of the child got upset about the news and went to forward to file a case. We are ready to take back the student and have called her father for a meeting,” she said, as quoted by The Hindu.
Meanwhile, the father of the child took the case with the Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights and also approached well-known child rights activist and executive director of NGO Utsah, Miguel Das Queah.
“The arrogance of these missionary schools is appaling. A little girl child is thrown out of school and these monstrous nuns don’t even care. Right to Education, Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao goes all into the drain now,” Miguel posted on Facebook on April 22nd, 2019.
He further added that such an act is the violation of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009. According to Section 16 of the Act: No child admitted in the school shall be held back in any class or expelled from school till the completion of elementary education.
“The father of the student first took up the issue with the Commission but things were not going at speed as he expected. Later, he approached me. After I posted about the incident on Facebook, a number of people rang me up. When I started pursuing the case, the school authorities started acting on the matter and contacted the father,” said Queah while speaking to TIME8.
As per reports, the school authorities failed to turn up for a hearing by the Commission on three occasions. The father of the seven-year-old girl student further told The Hindu the school authorities also did not respond when the Commission asked the school to readmit his daughter.