Failed students lock up teachers in school

Kolkata—What started off in a South Kolkata school is now becoming a rage in West Bengal: failed students in several academic institutions locked school gates Wednesday and raised slogans demanding they be given pass marks.

A day after 29 girl students of Rishi Aurobindo Balika Vidyalaya at Santoshpur in Kolkata — who had failed in their class XII final test examination — kept their teachers hostage for 21 hours forcing authorities to call for a review of their cases, similar protests were reported from at least three districts in West Bengal.

In Murshidabad district’s Lalgola Shekhalipur High School, 60 students who failed their final test examinations in classes X and XII demanded they be allowed to sit for the secondary and higher secondary examinations.

“They tried to lock me in my room. When I ordered them to leave, they put a lock on the teachers’ room from outside,” said headmaster Mohammad Shahin Sharafi.

A few days ago, the students had agitated along with their guardians, asking for a review of their answer papers.

“We had then solved the problem after meeting their guardians. We also showed their answer scripts to the guardians. But today, students came with newspaper clippings of what happened in Santoshpur and started an agitation,” Sharafi said.

The students dispersed after police were called.—IANS