The Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights on Wednesday issued a notice to the head of a North Delhi Municipal Corporation school accused of segregating students on the basis of religion.
The DCPCR, in a statement, said such segregation can severely harm holistic learning and development of students and also hurt the social fabric of the country.
The child rights body told the school authorities to immediately stop the practice. The DCPCR has asked them to tell the reason behind shuffling students on the basis of their religion.
The North Delhi Municipal Corporation on Wednesday evening suspended the in-charge of its school after it was found that students have been segregated into Hindu and Muslim classroom sections.
The primary school falls is in Wazirabad in north Delhi.
The human resource development ministry has also sought a report over the allegations. HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar told reporters, "We haven't received any complaint yet but have read about it in media reports. I have asked for a report."
All municipal corporation-run schools in Delhi are primary schools and teachers in other municipal schools expressed their shock over the reports.
According to a media report, published today, even parents of the school's students were not aware about the alleged segregation, news agency PTI reported.
"The matter is very serious. It may damage the social fabric of the country. I have asked the director of the Education Department to enquire into the matter and submit the report by Friday," Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said.
The North Delhi Municipal Corporation is a BJP-ruled civic agency.