statesman news service
KOLKATA, 5 OCT: Mrs Helen Sirkar will re-join as the principal of Christ Church Girls’ High School from Monday.
However, sensing dissatisfaction among parents over how the school is being run, the managing committee has also decided to place a suggestion-cum-complaint box inside the school. The key to the box will be entrusted with a representative of the Bishop, who is also the president of the managing committee.
The committee had called a meeting today to decide the further course of action as classes resumed last week. While, Mrs Sirkar’s re-joining was confirmed in the meeting, providing the parents a platform to voice their opinions was also discussed.
“Churches of North India (CNI) has decided to let Mrs Helen Sirkar continues as the principal. Her resignation was not accepted as she was forced to resign,” said a member of the committee.
Mrs Sirkar was arrested on 12 September after a mob ransacked the school campus demanding her arrest and resignation following the death of Oindrila Das ~ a Class V student who was allegedly harassed by senior students. Classes were suspended and the CNI had formed two committees ~ one to look into the incident and the other to work on re-opening the school.
Following primary repair work, classes resumed on 27 September. But as Mrs Sirkar was on leave it was doubtful whether the CNI would allow her to rejoin as there were many complaints against her.
Meanwhile, the association of Anglo-Indian schools formed a fact-finding committee to look into the complaints against Mrs Sirkar. But before the committee could submit its report, the CNI decided to bring back Mrs Sirkar. The decision was accepted by the managing committee today.
Though some parents supported Mrs Sirkar and said she was as a “good administrator”, many vented their dissatisfaction as the school authorities did not consult with the parents. The principal, too, was not available on many occasions, alleged the parents. It is to address this gap the CNI has decided to place a suggestion box which will be directly dealt by the Bishop.