Nawin Kiran calls off TNA protest after meeting assurance

Nawin Kiran
Mon, Feb 11, 2019

PANKAJ DHUNGEL
GANGTOK:
Social activist Nawin Kiran Pradhan who was on an indefinite hunger strike outside the TNA school gate here since Friday called off his protest Sunday afternoon following a dialogue with the school principal and staff.
Pradhan had launched the indefinite fast against the school’s alleged denial to give admission to his son in his stream of choice in class IX. Today, he shifted base in front of the school gate prompting the police led by Gangtok Sadar police station SHO Bikash Tiwari to intervene into the matter.
With the protest intensifying and vehicular movement to the school affected, TNA authorities led by the principal decided to conduct a meeting on Monday along with its 100 staffs and a member from central body of ICSE board.
Pradhan had alleged the policy of the school as discriminatory wherein his son was denied a subject of choice in class IX after having cleared his class VIII examination with 58 percentage marks. The school and its policy denied the science and maths subjects to his son, for failing to secure an overall 60 percent cut-off in the examination.
Pradhan had alleged that the school had failed to comply with the State Commission for Protection of Child Rights’ direction to admit his son in his subject of choice.
Speaking to reporters, Pradhan stated, "We had decided to reach a conclusion to the matter here today and based on that we shifted the protest to the school gate. Shortly after, police came and told us to vacate the school gate. But we remained stern in our demand. Following which, the police invited the school authorities for dialogue and after a healthy exchange, the school along with its 100 staffs will conduct a meeting on Monday and Tuesday, to reach a decision to give students below the 60 percent cut off, the right to pursue the subjects of science and maths. We welcome the decision of the school and shall wait until they grant my son his right to pursue the two subjects.”
Asked if the school maintains status quo, Pradhan stated, "if the school fails to comply, we will once again carry out the protest. The urgency today and the protest getting intensified was all because the academic session is scheduled to begin from Monday. There was a possibility that my son would be denied education for a whole year, if we hadn’t intensified the protest. I along with my well-wishers are happy that a decision was made here today".


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