During the month of June two school boys M Sankarapandi and Sanjay Kannan committed suicide as they were detained from getting promoted to Class 10 because the school wanted cent percent result in the Government Exams scheduled to be conducted in March next year. I Pandiyammal, mother of Sanjay filed a writ petition in Madras High Court seeking strict action on school management.
Sanjay Kannan and M Sankarapandi (16) of Bharathi Nagar in Melakottai village, were the students of a private school located in Alampatti in Madurai district. The assumption was made by the police that they might have committed suicide by jumping in front of train as their headless bodies were found on the railway track near Karisalpatti village.
Because no strict action was taken by the police against the respective school, the mother knocked the doors of Madras High Court to request the Government of India and State Government to put a check on such practices which might force the inner self of the person to end his/her life.
When the case came up for the hearing in the Court, Justice R. Subbiah then and there itself issued orders to the state’s education secretary, Madurai collector and correspondent of a private school in the city to cross check and investigate the whole case. The mother I. Pandiyammal has held the school responsible for the hilarious act committed by two friends and had asked the school which is located at Alampatti in Tirumangalam taluk, Madurai to pay the compensation.
As per the mother, her own son Sanjay Kannan and his classmate M Sankarapandi were students of Class 9 in the academic session 2014-15. The two children were not promoted to Class 10 as they performed very bad in the annual examination which were conducted at School level. The school authorities informed the parents that they wanted 100% School Result in the government examination.
Though the parents of the children requested school authorities time and again, yet they detained the students from promotion. The children became very dejected when after the summer vacations got over; they joined the school and came to know that they have not been promoted. If the parents are to be believed they made their wards join tuition too.
Pandiyammal not only wants justice for her son and his friend but also she wants that the education department officials should lay down such rules and regulations and form a special core team which would inspect all government and private schools to keep a check that no such act is again committed by any other student if he/she has not been promoted.
She also urged all the government and private schools that promotion to next class should not be barred for whatsoever reason may it be. Further she has asked that the necessary action should be taken against the school authorities and the affected families should be offered compensation.