Student locked in kennel: Education department orders closure of school

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DPI orders closure of Kerala school
Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 1: Authorities ordered the closure of the school where a UKG student was allegedly locked up in a kennel by school authorities as a punishment.

However, taking into account the academic future of students, the district administration has decided to take over the functioning of the school as of now.

Education Department officials on Tuesday, 30th Sep, ordered the closure of Jawahar English Medium School at Kudappanakkunnu, where a UKG student was locked up in kennel for over 3 hours for talking to classmates during class hours. [Read: Kerala shocker: Nursery student caged with dog for hours!]

The order was issued by the Directorate of Public Instruction(DPI) after the Thiruvananthapuram Deputy Director of Education(DDE) submitted a report citing a gross violation of rules and recommended stringent action against the institution.

"The district administration will take over the functioning of the school on a temporary basis till a cogent solution is found," District Collector Biju Prabhakar has said. The report pointed out that the school did not have the necessary infrastructure facilities and that it functioned in a shed.

The report also stated that there are many schools functioning without proper recognition, and such schools were not recognised either by the state government or the Central Board of Secondary Education. The report also recommended periodic assessment of such institutions.

Education Minister P K Abdu Rabb said that there were serious lapses on the part of the school and indicated that stern action will be taken against the institution.

Principal of Jawahar English Medium School, S Shashikala, against whom charges were slapped under the Juvenile Justice Act and IPC was granted bail by a local court here.

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