UP slapgate: Students to be moved as Education Dept asks school to shut

Story by  IANS | Posted by  Tripti Nath | Date 27-08-2023
Tripta Tyagi, school Principal accused of asking students to beat a boy from a minority community
Tripta Tyagi, school Principal accused of asking students to beat a boy from a minority community


Muzaffarnagar (Uttar Pradesh)

The Uttar Pradesh Education Department has ordered the closure of the  private school whose Principal allegedly asked students to slap a fellow classmate belonging to a minority community
Amid pending inquiry and non-availibilty of required recognition, the department has said the students studying in the school in Muzaffarnagar will be moved to other nearby private schools.
A purported video of the incident surfaced online on Friday, in which the teacher was seen asking students to slap the child belonging to a minority community.
The incident reportedly took place on Thursday at Neha Public School, located in Khubbapur village under the jurisdiction of Mansurpur police station.
An investigation was launched by the department into the matter after the purported video went viral on social media. In the probe, it was found that recognition of the school has ended an year ago.
Basic Education Officer Shubham Shukla said that in 2019, the school has taken recognition to run Classes from nursery to five. The recognition was provided provisionally for three years, which ended in 2022. Subsequently, the school management had to get the recognition renewed done, but it was not done. Orders have been given to close the school operating without recognition.
Further action is being taken, he added.
Police are also probing into the matter. "We are in the process of recording statements of the victim, his parents and the school teacher. If anyone is found guilty we will take action against them," a senior police official said.
In a statement, the father of the aggrieved boy had said that they have sorted out the matter after talking with the school authorities and will not press charges against the school.
"The school has returned the fees and we will not send our child to that school," the father of the victim had said.