Commercial motive seen behind closure bid

Commercial motive seen behind closure bid
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The aided BZ High School is under the control of private management but the salaries to teachers are paid by the State government.  The school spread over sprawling campus in Church Street has excellent infrastructure with spacious classrooms, library and laboratory besides a garden. At present, 300 students are studying in the school and 18 trained teachers are imparting education to them. 

Chittoor: The 130-year-old Bangarupalem Zamindar (BZ) High School located in the heart of the city may be closed down as the school management had served notice to the District Educational Officer (DEO) seeking permission for its closure.

The aided BZ High School is under the control of private management but the salaries to teachers are paid by the State government.

The school spread over sprawling campus in Church Street has excellent infrastructure with spacious classrooms, library and laboratory besides a garden. At present, 300 students are studying in the school and 18 trained teachers are imparting education to them.

The school was established by Bangarupalem Zamindar a century ago with a noble intention of providing education to students from poor and middle class sections of the society.

At one time, the BZ High School was acknowledged as the best school with excellent academic record. Over the years, the student strength has gradually come down from 1,000 to 300.

Former ZP Chairman Kumar Raja and also successor of Bangarupalem Zamindar had issued a notice to the DEO few months ago seeking the government’s nod for school closure and asked him to handover school buildings to them. The present land value in which school is situated was estimated to be Rs 50 crore excluding buildings.

The management is reportedly keen to close down the school and utilise land and buildings for commercial purpose. According to sources, Kumar Raja had approached the High Court of Hyderabad to give permission for school closure. The future of 300 students, who belong to BPL families, and 18 teachers are at stake if the school is close down.

Speaking to The Hans India here on Friday, DEO Nageswara Rao admitted that the management of BZ High School had issued a notice for closing down school on frivolous reasons.

The DEO said that successors of Bangarupalem Zamindar have no right to sell the land or school buildings as per the records available with the Education department. He further said that school management has no right on school as the government has been remitting salaries to teachers since its
establishment.The DEO made it clear that no management of aided schools have right to close down the schools as the future of the teachers and the students is at stake.

Sources revealed that certain political leaders from the city have aided BZ successor in completing all formalities at higher level for school closure by next academic year.

By:C Prabhakar Rao

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