Ajmer Blind school students lock principal, jam traffic
Students of the Ajmer Government Blind Senior Secondary School on Wednesday locked the principal’s office and blocked the Nasirabad road demanding reinstatement of previous principal in the school. Later, the students marched to the collectorate and submitted a memorandum threatening for an indefinite strike, if their demand is not met.
The education department last week transferred the acting principal of blind school, Jairam Meena, to Delhi Gate Government Secondary School and appointed Shakuntala Bagmar as the principal.
When the new principal came to join on Wednesday, the students locked the principal’s office and started shouting slogans. They came out from school and blocked the road. “We tried to convince the students but they were adamant on their demand,” Adarsh Nagar police said. Following the stir, traffic here was thrown out of gear for about an hour.
Students also shouted slogans and threatened for an indefinite strike if their demand is not met. “Jairam Meena is blind and understand us,” a student said. “He raised the level of the school when there was no working principal,” another student said. “We will not allow the new principal in the school,” the agitating students said.
“Jairam is of principal cadre of secondary school and we deputed a principal of senior secondary school cadre. This is for the benefit of the students,” a district official said.
“It is an order of the government and we sent the students’ demand to the headquarters,” said Bhgachand Mandawaliya, additional district secondary education officer.
Students started their agitation last week when the new principal Bagmar came to join but Jairam refused to leave the post. There are about 150 blind students in the school.
Sources claimed that the students were merely pawns in the politics of teachers.