LUCKNOW: In a startling revelation, five government primary schools have been found observing Friday as weekly holiday instead of Sunday in Deoria district of eastern UP.
Initially, reports about one school -- Navalpur primary school - had come but after a probe it was found that four more schools were following the same practice in the district.
Notably, all the five schools had word 'Islamia' prefixed to their name on the sign board and the entire documentation of the schools records was done in Urdu.
On getting the information, Deoria Basic Shiksha Adhikari (BSA) Santosh Dev Pandey visited all the primary schools in Swami Patti, Karmaha and Pokharbhinda Prasad villages of Rampur Karkhana block, and one in Haraiya village of Desahi block and got their names repainted.
"On Monday, I inspected all five schools. The correct names have been painted on all five buildings. They have been told to follow all rules and regulations," said Pandey.
The BSA added that the principals of all the five primary schools were taken to task and were directed to run the schools as per the laid down guidelines, rule and regulations.
"They have been told that if found flouting the rules, strict action will be taken against them," the BSA said. As per the BSA, while visiting the schools, only seven students were found to be enrolled in Pokharbhinda Prasad school, which has Samiuddin as principal and one assistant teacher. Swami Patti primary school had 70 students under principal Shaukat Ali, one assistant teacher and 2 shiksha mitras.Simialrly, 156 students were enrolled in Karmaha school with three assistant teachers and one shiksha mitra working under principal Yasir Afzal.
Karmaha Primary School had been nominated as Aadarsh Prathmik Vidyalaya (ideal primary school).
Two assistant teachers were posted under principal Jahangir Alam Siddiqui in Haraiya primary school where 80 students were enrolled, informed the BSA.