West Bengal serves notice on 125 schools for promoting religious intolerance

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West Bengal schoolsWest Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee has said notice was served on 125 schools accusing them of polluting young minds through teachings reeking of religious intolerance.

The government has stated such activities were noted to have been taken by schools in north Bengal and North 24 Parganas district, said the minister. Out of 125 schools, 96 had not obtained No objection Certificate (NoC) from the government and are functioning sans required approvals and permission.

Chatterjee was given a list of schools that indulge in such activities and after due process, the NoC of some of them were cancelled. CM Mamata Banerjee, who is also the Home Minister, gave him the schools’ list.

Cautioning that the government will not allow anyone to promote religious intolerance through teachings in some private schools, the minister said that educational institutions would have to adhere to the syllabus of the board to which these are affiliated.

Chatterjee said that the Trinamool Congress government would not “tolerate spreading of religious intolerance in the name of teaching students”.

The minister pointed out that many of these private schools get affiliation from different central boards of education and then take an NOC from the state, making it difficult for the state to directly act against them.

The minister was replying to a query on the measures being taken by the state government over reports of some private schools teaching outside the curriculum and promoting religious intolerance.