Hundreds of students in uniforms were standing outside the school gate haplessly with their anxious parents, and the only staff of the school-the principal-was in her chamber.
This grim picture greeted this reporter during his visit to the Kendriya Vidyalaya at Kudremukh on Wednesday to study the facts about the closure of the school.
The future of 172 students (from class 1 to 10) is at stake following the HRD chairman’s decision to close the school on the ground of KIOCL stopping financing.
Questioning the propriety of the management, the Kudremukh Shram Shakti Sanghatan and parents filed two separate writ petitions in the High Court.
After hearing, the court in its common order on April 3, 2014, directed the management to hand over the administration of the school to the Deputy Commissioner, subject to further orders from the government.
Earlier, the KIOCL held that it maintains a skeletal staff at Kudremukh and is no longer in a position to fund the school as it has withdrawn its activity. But the court stated that it is an ad-hoc measure to continue the school for the benefit of the children without addressing the aspects as to whether the land and building belongs to the company or the state government.
But, Sandhya, mother of a student, told that it is almost three weeks after the court passed its stricture but the school has not reopened and the students come daily, stand outside and go home.
The school was to commence on April 1.
It will have to close for summer holidays on May 3.
“The students will miss the test, but the school remains closed and no new admissions are made. What about students’ future?” says another mother Manjula.
The angry parents insisted on immediate admissions to first standard and demanded the resumption of classes.