Child rights panel begins inquiry

TNN | Apr 25, 2014, 03.49 AM IST

KOZHIKODE: The State commission for Protection of Child Rights began its probe into the demolition of the Malapparamba AUP school on Thursday. 

Commission member K Nazeer visited the school and took the statements from deputy director of education, assistant education officer and teachers of the school as part of the inquiry. 

He said that the order issued by the state government to close down the school on November 1 was against the provisions of the Kerala Education Rules (KER). 

"Under Chapter 5, Rule 24 of KER, only the director of public instruction (DPI) can issue orders to close down a school. But in the case of the Malapparamba AUP School, the order has been issued by the government and not the DPI," he said. 

The commission had suo moto registered a case, under Section 13 of the Protection of Child Rights Act, in connection with the demolition of the 140-year-old school allegedly by the school manager on April 10. 

The commission will consider the case on April 28.