3 Sept 2023

Karnataka Teacher Transferred For Asking Students To ‘Go To Pakistan’

Bengaluru: In an appalling incident, a government school’s Kannada teacher in Karnataka’s Shivamogga City was transferred on Saturday and is facing an inquiry after she allegedly asked two-three students to “go to Pakistan”.

The transferred teacher, Manjula Devi, has been teaching in the Government Urdu School in Tippu Nagar in the Shivamogga district headquarters for nine years, and has been in government service for the last 27 years.

Acting upon the preliminary report regarding the incident, Department of Public Instructions (DPI) Deputy Director CR Prameshwarappa recommended the suspension of Manjula Devi.

The teacher in question, however, denied the allegations.

After parents complained about it, the DPI immediately transferred the teacher and directed the block education officer (BEO) to conduct a detailed investigation into it.

Similar incident occurred in Muzaffarnagar

It may be noted that a similarly horrifying incident was reported in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar district, where a video, which went viral on 25 August, showed a teacher allegedly encouraging Hindu students to slap a Muslim classmate.

Manjula Devi reportedly asked the students to “go to Pakistan as this country belongs to Hindus”. The Kannada teacher was apparently punishing two-three students of Standard 6 for their mischievous behaviour in class.

The incident took place on 30 August, according to the officials of the DPI. All the students involved in the incident were identified as Muslims.

After students narrated the incident to their parents, they rushed to the school on 31 August and complained to the headmaster and higher authorities, demanding action against the teacher.

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