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With vacations round the corner, Hill schools worried about boarders

 Team MP |  2017-06-19 17:46:40.0  |  Darjeeling, West Bengal

With vacations round the corner, Hill schools worried about boarders

The ongoing unrest in the Hills has cast a shadow of uncertainty on the Hill schools.

With the Anglo-Indian schools scheduled to start vacations from June 23, they are trying to work out a way to send the boarders home.

"We have to work out a plan as to how to send the boarders home or how parents can come up," stated Father Shajumon, Rector, St Joseph's School.

The school is located at Singamari, 3 km away from Darjeeling town. Singamari is the place where the GJM party office is located. The school was founded in 1888 and has 520 boarders and 580 day scholars.

"It is like a nightmare for us. With the clashes near the school, we are very worried. However, I spoke to the school authorities and they assured us that everything is fine," stated a parent from Kolkata not wanting to be named.

The school has students from Thailand, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, Nepal, Bhutan along with students fromall over the country.

All the Anglo-Indian schools are scheduled to go on a vacation from June 23.

"We have provisions for a week. During the agitation in 2013, many of the borders withdrew. It took five years for normalcy to return. With the ongoing unrest, we fear that the Hill schools will witness withdrawals once again. It will take many years to revert the damage," feels Robindro Subba, Director, Himali Boarding School, Kurseong.

The school has 400 boarders and 600 day scholars. All the Hill boarding schools are facing similar problems.

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