BIHARPOST NEWS DESK
PATNA: The state government in Bihar has ordered an investigation after a state-run school was found to be running separate classrooms for separate castes and religions.
The school in question—GA Plus two higher secondary school—located in Vaishali district drew strong criticisms from the authorities after the local media reported the students were made to sit in the classrooms depending upon their castes and religions.
“We have ordered an investigation into the matter and action will be initiated after we get the report,” education minister Krishnandan Prasad Verma told the media on Tuesday. He termed the situation very “unfortunate”.
As per reports in the local media, the students belonging to different religions and castes, such as Hindus, Muslims, upper castes, Other Backward Castes, Dalits and Scheduled Cates/Scheduled Tribes have separate sections in the school and they are not allowed to sit together with other castes and the religions.
A local government official who visited the school on complaint has found the information true and reported the matter to the senior education department authorities.
But, the school principal said the system was adopted with the smooth functioning of the school and proper implementation of development schemes launched by the government for different class.
“The arrangements of segregation were made to ensure smooth working and implementation of different schemes. There is no discrimination among students on the basis of castes and religion and, also none have protested it till date,” school headmistress Meena Kumari has told the local media.