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Rajabala residents seek cancellation of School Managing Committee

Tura, Jul 31: Various residents of the Rajabala area under West Garo Hills district have written to Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma seeking cancellation of the Rajabala HS School Management Committee (SMC) while questioning its legality.
Further the fact that a school teacher from an SSA School being made the president of the SMC has raised further questions on how norms have been violated. The SSA teacher in question has been identified as one Rashidur Rahman.
The residents have expressed surprise as to how the SMC could have been formed without a general public meeting being held and sought its immediate cancellation.
They also alleged that a false resolution was submitted by Rafiat Zaman, the ongoing secretary, showing that a general meeting was held asking for a new managing committee to be formed.
Interestingly allegations of Zaman not even completing school education has surfaced and put the credibility of the entire system into question.
Various leaders from the area including the former MDC, Mozidur Rehman and the former principal of the Rajabala Deficit Higher Secondary School have vouched for the fact that there was no meeting held to seek a new SMC for the period between April 13, 2018 to April 12, 2021.
Earlier after receiving a public complaint, the then District School Education Officer (DSEO) had cancelled the managing committee and taken the school under administration through a letter on March 21, 2018.
The complainants further accused the secretary, Zaman and Rahman for forcibly continuing in their posts since the year 2009.
“This is completely against guidelines of the Meghalaya School Management Rules, 1997 which allows for a maximum of two terms of 3 years each for the SMC president and secretary.
The complainants lashed out at the education department under West Garo Hills district while alleging that it has ignoring facts as well as orders of the Director of School Education and Literacy (DSEL) and trying to legalize an illegally constituted SMC.
“We have placed strong objection to these acts and seek the cancellation of the illegally formed SMC. This will help save the school, its teachers and students from some very vested interests. We also condemn the act of the department in restoring the SMC led by Zaman despite the entire process being illegal,” they added.
Interestingly, the SMC is the same one that was cancelled by the DSEL earlier and was then surprisingly still allowed to continue despite the earlier objections.