Despite instructions by the Government’s order regarding closure of all educational institutions in view of the intense heat wave throughout the state from May 21st to May 28th, few of the private schools continued to violate the order.
Some of the private schools had called-off all the academic activities within campus, but the teachers were forced to attend school daily and work in the scorching weather and all that they did in the name of “admission process” for the next academic session.
The District Magistrate, Simrandeep Singh, while invoking powers conferred under Section 133 CrPC, had directed the principals and managements of all schools affiliated with the Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education (JKBOSE) and Central Board of School Education (CBSE) falling in Jammu district to ensure strict compliance with the order. After it was brought to his notice that some private schools (affiliated with CBSE as well as JKBOSE) did not comply with the order issued by the government, he was dejected.
As per the information from the office of the Chief Education Office, some of the private schools comprising Shiksha Niketan Higher Secondary School Jeeven Nagar, SP Smart Higher Secondary School, Delhi Public School, Aryan Public Senior Secondary School, RS Pura, Stephens International Convent School, Miran Sahib and other institutes continued to violate the order in the name of admission process for the next academic session. Teachers in these institutions were being forced to attend school, despite these institutes been asked to stop their functioning for a week in view of harsh weather conditions. In the garb of admission process, the managements of these schools have been harassing the teachers, who have been forced to do works other than academic activities
The irony of the situation is that some institutes had even cut short the vacation period and decided to resume normal classes from Thursdayon wards.
The District Magistrate, Jammu, had warned that the failure to comply with the government order would lead to proceedings under Section 188 of Ranbir Penal Code (RPC). It is being speculated that the directorate of school education would take serious note of the negligence of the Government’s directive.