TNA says SCPCR direction under review, defends subject streaming policy

Mon, Feb 11, 2019

SE Report
In the eye of storm for allegedly denying admission of a class IX student with the subject of choice and allegations of not complying to the Sikkim Commission for Protection of Child Rights’ (SCPCR) direction, the Tashi Namgyal Academy (TNA) today issued a statement claiming that the school has filed a review petition before the State child rights panel on the issue.
Asserting that the TNA respects the directions, the school management maintained that the panel would take up its review petition on February 12 and that the January 22 order which has triggered the protest by the student’s father and his close aides is not final.
The school’s clarification comes over two days after Gangtok resident Nawin Kiran Pradhan launched an indefinite fast along with his son at the school gate protesting against the school’s alleged refusal to honour the SCPCR order and grant his admission to science stream in class IX.
The panel had ruled that the school cannot deny the subject of choice to the students citing the ICSE regulations.
Pradhan has also been demanding the removal of the TNA director and principal on charges of defying the SCPCR directives.
On the removal demand, the school said the director and principal’s three year tenure is coming to an end by May 2019 and the process for selecting a successor has been initiated by the school.
According to the school, it has been following the policy of streaming of subjects for the ICSE board exams from the 2017 academic session by reducing initially the ‘all sections studying all subjects’ to multiple science and one non-science section over the years. The system, TNA said was initiated to align the ICSE streams to the ISC pattern, orient and better focus students and address the concern of a high percentage of detainees in class IX among other reasons.
“The class IX streaming policy is included in the school diary, which is signed as to having been read by the students and all parents including the aggrieved parent. There has been no call from any parent to rescind this policy till the final allotment was made in December 18 before school closing,” stated the school on Pradhan’s charge of exclusion of his son from pursuing science subject in class IX. The allotment is strictly based on merit decided by the cumulative scores in maths and science, it said.
The school further stated that CISCE guidelines restricts the class to be of not more than 45 students adding that it continues to face the acute pressure of having increased the science sections with the facilities in all laboratories being woefully short and the space constraints preventing possibility of any expansion.

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