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Goa: School students visit mosque, principal suspended over complaint

September 12, 2023

The principal of a private school in Goa has been suspended following a complaint from a right-wing organization. Allegedly, some Class 11 students were taken to a mosque for a workshop and were required to participate in religious rituals there.

A representative of the school’s management announced the principal’s suspension, and the state education department has requested an explanation from the school regarding the incident, which occurred last Saturday.

Members of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) filed a complaint against the school principal, accusing them of supporting activities deemed as anti-national. They claimed that the workshop was organized in collaboration with an organization affiliated with the banned Popular Front of India (PFI) and that students were made to partake in religious rituals.

A senior member of the school’s management confirmed that Principal Shankar Gaonkar has been suspended and also issued an apology after VHP activists visited the school and raised concerns about the incident.

State Education Director Shailesh Zingde stated that their department has requested an explanation from the school’s management and is currently awaiting their response.

Source: PTI

Also read: Karnataka: Shivamogga teacher transferred for telling Muslim students to ‘go to Pakistan’

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