Two government school teachers in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, have been sent on leave for distributing a Mathematics pamphlet which had Hindu hymns, ‘Om’ insignia and pictures of goddess Saraswati and Lord Ayyappa.
The pamphlet was distributed to the students of class 5th to 7th as part of the activities of the ‘Mathematics club’.
The booklet was distributed in a school where 80% students are Muslims.
The action by the government school came after the radical Islamic outfit Popular Front of India vehemently condemned the distribution of the pamphlet and took out a protest march.
Many PFI activists have been arrested for indulging in violent activities, including murder in the past.
One of the teachers, Rajalakshmi, has filed a police complaint alleging that she is receiving threats and was harassed on the phone.
"The (Kerala) government is aware of the developments at the Azhikode school. A probe is on into the complaints that teachers passed off religious content as study materials. But, as of now, the government has not taken any disciplinary action against the teachers. They might have gone on leave on their own or owing to instructions from local authorities," general education secretary A Shajahan said.
"This is a public school. The allegation is that the teachers used religious symbols, which is against the rules," news agency PTI quoted Assistant Educational Officer (AEO), Raj Kumar, as saying.