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Admission denied to son for not filling out religious column, parents urge Kerala authorities to take action

A school in the city has allegedly denied admission to a boy whose parents did not fill the religion column in the application form, prompting the Kerala education department to seek a report. The parents, Naseem and Dhayna, had sought admission for their son to the first standard at the St Marys school, a government aided institution.

They alleged that school authorities had claimed that registration will not be possible on the education departments Sampoorna portal without filling the religion column.

Sampoorna is a school management system project implemented by the Kerala education department to automate the system and process of over 15,000 schools in the state.

The parents later approached the ministry and the Directorate of Public Instruction (DPI) to get further clarification.

“The state government officials denied that there were any issues with the software and confirmed to us that admission process was going on. When we approached the school authorities again, they asked us to give in writing that we, the parents will take responsibility of any issues that may occur in future,” Naseem said.

The parents then decided not to enrol their son at the school due to the manner in which the issue was handled by the institution.

Reacting swiftly, the state government sought a report from the DPI and the deputy director of the education department on the matter.

The parents said after the news spread, a school official called them offering admission. “But we decided not to enrol him there due to the approach of the school authorities,” he said.

Naseem runs a catering business after returning from the Gulf.

School authorities say admission was never denied

The school management in a release claimed that they sought a letter in writing from the parents to avoid trouble in future.

School authorities maintained they never denied admission to any student.

The parents are now looking for admission for their son in other schools in Thiruvanathapuram.

Ravindranath recently claimed in the state Assembly that over one lakh children in Kerala had left columns relating to caste and religion blank in school admission records during the 2017-18 academic year.

In a written reply, he said as many as 1,24,147 children had not filled these columns while enrolling in different classes in government and government-aided schools during the period.

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