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UP: Private schools to remain closed today, here’s why

Private schools in Uttar Pradesh abruptly close after a tragedy happened with a student who was enrolled in a private school.

Edited By : Mayank Kasyap | Updated: Aug 8, 2023 07:01 IST
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Noida: In an unprecedented move, all private schools affiliated with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE), and the State Board in Uttar Pradesh have announced a sudden closure on Tuesday. This decision comes in the aftermath of a tragic incident involving a 17-year-old girl student who allegedly jumped to her death from the third floor of a school building in Azamgarh. While government schools will operate as usual, the closure has sparked controversy and debate.

Closure amidst controversy

The Unaided Private School Association (UPSA) declared the unexpected holiday as a mark of solidarity and support for the school principal and a teacher who were arrested on charges of the student’s murder. The victim’s family alleges that the student took her life due to persistent harassment by these staff members. The closure is seen as a symbolic protest and demand for a thorough investigation into the tragic incident.

Demand for thorough investigation

Anil Agarwal, president of UPSA, emphasized the importance of a comprehensive investigation before any action is taken. He urged that if the charges are substantiated, appropriate measures should be implemented. However, he also highlighted the need to scrutinize whether the student’s actions were influenced by factors beyond the school environment.

Protecting innocent school employees

UPSA further highlighted the broader issue of protecting innocent school employees from being unjustly implicated in such cases. The association stressed that a comprehensive inquiry should precede any arrests, preventing innocent individuals from facing legal consequences without proper examination.

Looking ahead

As parents and students navigate through this unexpected closure, concerns over the tragic incident and its aftermath continue to loom. The call for a fair investigation into the circumstances surrounding the student’s death sheds light on the challenges educational institutions face in ensuring the safety and well-being of their students.

While the closure highlights the severity of the issue, it also raises important questions about how to strike a balance between justice and the protection of innocent parties involved.

First published on: Aug 08, 2023 06:34 AM IST

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