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6 Urdu schools closure: Okhla MLA Amanat meets Kejriwal, raises issue and writes this on his timeline

It has surfaced on the social media that Okhla MLA Amanatullah Khan met with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal recently and discussed with him the report doing the rounds in the media about the government’s plant to close six Urdu schools in Old Delhi.

“Today I met with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and discussed with them the report doing the rounds in the media about closure of six Urdu medium schools in Delhi. The CM told me that there is no intention of the government to close any school in Old Delhi. All schools will be operated where they are and the issue of Urdu teachers scarcity in any school will also be address, the CM told me,” Okhla MLA Amanatullah Khan wrote on his timeline in Hindi.

It all started a few days ago after Zakir Nagar-based activist Firoz Bakht Ahmed shared a report on his timeline. The reports had also surfaced in the Urdu media. Ahmed wrote: “Why did Kejriwal want Urdu school running in Eidgah to be closed down?”

It is understood that the development had taken place on a Public Interest Litigation filed by social activist Ahmed, relating to the allotment to a piece of land and building to the Muslim minority Qaumi Senior Secondary School.

During the course of hearing, the counsel for the Delhi government suggested that the school could be closed down and the children might be admitted to alternate schools of the municipal corporation, mentioned the report.

Atyab Siddiqui stated as mentioned in the report: “The U-turn by Kejriwal, regarding the promises for better education to Muslims and the uplift of Urdu, almost 1,500 posts in Delhi’s Urdu medium schools would lapse.”

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