JJB seeks report on NTMS

SFI launches 48 hour protest to save city school

JJB seeks report on NTMS

Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) of Mysore district has sought a status report on New Type Model School (NTMS) of Mysore city. The report is following a petition filed by the school children and their parents, regarding proposals of merger of NTMS with Devaraja Higher Primary School.

The JJB has formed a team consisting of R Somalatha, Child Protection Officer, Mysore district and JJB member P P Baburaj.

The team members have been instructed to file a report within 15 days, after collecting information related to the management of the school, opinion of parents and children, and other issues related to the school.

The decision was taken by the B Nandakumar, Chief Judicial Magistrate and chairperson of JJB, as parents of children studying in the school had filed a petition.

In the petition, the children have expressed concerns about closure of their school and its merger with the Devaraja Higher Primary School which is half a kilometer away, in order to construct a memorial for Swami Vivekananda.

NTMS has 17 rooms and good infrastructure whereas the HPS does not have good infrastructure, the petition said. The number of rooms at Devaraja School was only three in number, where seven classes have to be conducted. This will affect the learning environment and amount to the violation of right to education, the petition read. The children have urged the JJB to issue direction to the government not to close their heritage school which has 120 years of history.

SFI dharna

Students Federation of India (SFI), launched a 48 hour Satyagaraha in front of Deputy Commissioners office, to ‘Save NTMS’, here on Monday.

State secretary of CPM G V Sriram Reddy, who inaugurated the satyagraha, said that the move by the BJP government to hand over the historical NTM School to Ramakrishna Ashram, was part of ‘saffronisation’ agenda of the BJP.

Land mafia also has a role to play, as few individuals have pressed towards the merger of the school. “Closing the historic school started by the Maharajas will be a betrayal of history of the city,” he said.

Members of SFI took out a rally from NTMS to DC office pressing against the merger of the school.

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