In view of prevailing cold weather conditions in several districts of the state, authorities of several districts like Patna and Bhojpur have ordered the closure of government and private schools for students up to class 8 under that section.
“All such orders invoking Section 144 of the CrPC pertaining to closure of schools should be withdrawn. Permission must be sought from the education department before ordering a change in timings of the government school in future,” read Pathak’s letter, a copy of which is in possession of PTI.
The letter has evoked sharp reactions from certain quarters in Bihar.
Talking to PTI, CPI Member of Legislative Council Sanjay Kumar Singh termed Pathak’s move “impractical and inhuman”.
“This letter is far from the ground reality. The health and life of children are always at risk during peak winter. In that situation, DMs are bound to issue orders (under section 144 of the CrPC) for the closure of schools,” he said.
Singh is also general secretary of the Federation of University Teachers of Bihar.