M A Convent school sealed for prohibiting recital of national anthem
Allahabad: The Allahabad district administration on Monday sealed M A Convent School, which restricted its teachers and students to recite the national anthem since the last 12 years.
Official sources here said that, Zia-ul Haq, the manager of the school in Baghara locality of Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh, was booked under the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act and is under the arrest of police.
Magisterial probe ordered:
The administration has also ordered a magisterial inquiry to know how the school was permitted to run for more than twelve years without any government recognition.
Officiating DM says:
“We have requested the education department to shift the students of this school to some other school while orders of the sealing have been issued,” said Andre Vamsee, the officiating district magistrate.
The matter came to light when eight teachers including the principal tendered their resignation after they were not allowed to sing national anthem, last week.
What manager argued?
The manager of the school had argued that he was having the problem with lines—Bharat Bhagya Vidhata.
“Our destiny is decided by Allah not by Bharat,” Haq defended.
Police and PAC have been deployed in the area to avoid any untoward incident, Additional SP (City) Rajesh Yadav said.
HRD ministry takes cognisance
The ministry of Human Resource Development on Monday took cognisance on this issue and stressed that the anthem was above everything else.
“The Human Resource Department (HRD) ministry has taken serious note of the matter. Moreover, it is still to be examined if the school comes under the ministry’s ambit. If so, we will definitely take stern action against the institution,” said Minister of State for HRD Mahendra Nath Pandey in a statement.