Kerala’s school re-admits girl after three weeks’ picketing

June 10th, 2008 - 9:39 pm ICT by IANS  

Idukki (Kerala) June 10 (IANS) Class 5 student Roshna T.Henry, who was picketing for the past three weeks outside her school run by the Tata Tea company, was Tuesday allowed to re-join it. For the past three weeks, Roshna and her parents were picketing outside the Tata High Range School’s gate here after the school gave her a ‘transfer certificate’ — effectively throwing her out of the school - on the ground that her father was no longer an employee of the Tata Tea company.

After a reconciliation talk between the school authorities, Tata Tea officials and Roshna’s parents here Tuesday, the school relented and agreed to re-admit her. But it laid the condition that she would not be eligible for fee concession offered to Tata Tea employees.

The officials gave her the ‘transfer certificate’ from the school as her father had not joined work for the past two years after he was transferred. But she was allowed to continue her studies during that period.

Her father Henry Joseph said there was a court case against his transfer and till that is settled, no decision should be taken for her ouster from the school.

He said the school officials had diluted the entry requirements by admitting children of the local legislator and a State Electricity Board official, while the rules stipulate that admission is only for the children of the employees of Tata Tea and its subsidiary.

Hearing the news that she can return to the classes from Wednesday, a beaming Roshna and her parents thanked all those who supported their cause.

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