Lucknow, July 27: Government primary schools in Uttar Pradesh’s Ballia district were found using ‘Islamia’ as a prefix and were also seen shutting on Fridays instead of Sundays which led to a probe and district authorities thereafter ordered the specific schools to drop the word ‘Islamia’ and remain closed on Sunday.

The incident came to light after five schools in Deoria district had prefixed ‘Islamia’ to their name and remained closed on Fridays.

A probe was ordered which led to a similar discovery in other districts of Uttar Pradesh. In Ballia district alone, at least nine government primary schools were running ‘Islamia’ as a prefix and were closing on Fridays, as per officials. Apart from this, six schools in Siyar, two in Rasda and one in Sukhpura too were doing the same. Similarly, in Ghazipur, there were 11 government primary schools using ‘the Islamia’ prefix.

District Magistrate Bhawani Singh Khangaraut has ordered investigation into the matter and asked the Basic Shiksha Adhikari (BSA) to submit a report. Action will be taken after that said Khangaraut.