Days after a private school in Kerala came under police probe for including non-secular syllabus, another school from the state is under police scanner for similar reasons. Students at Chinmaya Vidyala have been asked to greet their teachers or any other higher authorities by saying ‘Hari Om’ with folded hands. As per the new rule, the students will wish a ‘hari om’ to their teachers in place of good morning. India Today reported that school principal Pratibha Sharma has confirmed that such a practice is in place. “Yes that is on the website. It is part of Chinmaya’s culture. We expect our students to follow the same,” she said. However, the principal says that school doesn’t compel students, but the website clearly mentions that rules must be strictly followed.
Few days back, Zakir Naik’s NGO-owned Peace International School came under scanner for containing highly ‘objectional content’. As per a report by the New Indian Express, the content in the primary school books advocated communal disharmony, foster non-secular feelings and force students to convert to Islam. The school runs classes from the LKG to eighth standard. “We suspect that this school’s curriculum has been drafted with persons close to controversial preacher Zakir Naik of Mumbai-based Islamic International School,” sources have told PTI.