Only academic activities allowed in schools after video of praying students emerged near Mangaluru – The New Indian Express

Through Express press service

MANGALURU: An emergency School Development and Monitoring Committee (SDMC) meeting was held at Ankatadka Government Higher Primary School in Palthady village of Kadaba taluk in Dakshina Kannada on a viral video of some children offering namaz in a classroom resolved to restrict the school premises only for academic purposes and not allow any activities that may affect the academic atmosphere.

In the video that was making the rounds on social media, three children were found offering namaz in a school classroom. As the video went viral, SDMC addressed the matter with Puttur BEO C Lokesh.

The BEO held a closed meeting with SDMC members at the school on Saturday. Later, he told reporters that the issue was resolved amicably and it was decided to restrict the school premises to academic activities only. He said the offer of namaz at school was noticed by some teachers on Friday and the SDMC then took it up with his office. He said all SDMC members were united in their opinion that the school campus should not see anything that could disturb the academic atmosphere.

In order to maintain the secrecy of the meeting, cell phones were not allowed inside the meeting room. Parents and the public had gathered outside the school at the time of the meeting and Bellare police had deployed personnel to the school premises as a precaution.

SDMC chairman Praveen Bhandary said the issue was resolved amicably and all the parents decided to focus more on their children’s education. SDMC Vice President Sabeeha Banu said only academic activities will take place in the school and all parents have decided not to leave room for any confusion.

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