The LDF Government in Kerala has decided to take over four uneconomic aided-schools, which are facing a closure threat, including a 140-year-old one in Kozhikode district, which had been ordered to shut down by the High Court. A Cabinet meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, took the decision today considering the future of students and widespread protests against the closure.
The government had recently approached the Supreme Court against the school management’s decision to close down the school, but the apex court had dismissed its appeal upholding the high court order to shut down the school by June 8. Implementing a Kerala High Court direction asking the government to comply with its earlier order allowing the school management’s plea to shut it down, the authorities closed down the Malaparamba school, which had a strength of about 60-odd students.
However, for time being the as per the LDF government’s decision, the school would temporarily function at the Kozhikode Collectorate premises from tomorrow. Students and teachers said they were hopeful of coming back to their school campus as soon as possible after the government completed the legal procedures for the takeover.
The school had been witnessing protests for some time by students, parents and teachers with support from cultural and political activists against the management’s decision to close it. District authorities’ took two attempts last month to implement the court order had failed as the protesters prevented them from carrying out their mission.
The government had intervened in the issue without understanding the facts and added he would fight it out legally if the state authorities went ahead with its plans to take it over. After the meeting, Vijayan told reporters here that the government would take adequate measures to protect such loss-making schools. The government will ensure protection of schools that are facing closure threats. We are not for closing schools and handing them over for being converted into real estate ventures.