IMPHAL | May 14
After St. Joseph Higher Secondary School, Sugnu Chandel was closed down from April 26 following an arson attack on April 25 by miscreants, normal classes resumed today though the rooms damaged by the fire is yet to be renovated.
The school was officially reopened yesterday in the presence of deputy commissioner, superintendent of police and sub divisional of officers of the district.
Speaking to this IFP reporter today, vice principal of the school, father Kanta informed that normal classes resumed in the school but some classes were taken using the school auditoriums and the school boarding as the damages by the fire have not been fully renovated.
Kanta said, “Even the teachers and staff were sitting on the shades under the tree during their off period as their room was also gutted by the fire.” He said, it has been a hard time for everyone in the school but they have resumed their responsibilities and roles with full spirit.
A student of the school said, “I am very happy that we are resuming our classes today, at first when the school was burnt, I was feeling sad and worried that the school would be closed.” Declining to give comment on the incident, he expressed his desire to focus on studies and prayed for the betterment of his school.
“We will now have to start again and work hard to make up for the number of classes which are pending and the days we have lost,” said another student. With the renovation of the school building, let it bring peace and unity among different groups, he added.
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He also said that those people involved in the arson of the school should be forgiven for their actions and focus should be given instead on the better future of the school.
Expressing that different organisations in the State should take active part in solving different issues instead of being the source of the problem, he further said adding that different organisations should have interfered and solve the problem in a better way.
St. Joseph Higher Secondary School Sugnu, Chandel district was torched by miscreants on the night of April 25 destroying school properties worth around Rs. 35 lakh. The second oldest mission school in the State had remained closed till May 12.