Activists gherao edu officer,want 5-day week for non-catholic schools too

A group of around 50 activists from Maharashtra Navnirman Vidhyarthi Sena (MNVS) gheraoed the deputy director of education Monday afternoon.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: September 3, 2013 1:13 am

A group of around 50 activists from Maharashtra Navnirman Vidhyarthi Sena (MNVS) gheraoed the deputy director of education Monday afternoon. The group has demanded that the education department cancel the five-day week schedule that is followed by most of the convent schools across the state.

The activists barged into the office of deputy director of education N B Chavan and gheraoed him.

They demanded that either he puts forward a proposal to cancel the five-day week schedule currently followed by most of the convent schools or also allow the non-catholic schools to follow the same schedule.

“This is unfair as there is no such rule allowing schools to have a five-day week schedule. And if there is such a rule,then why are the other schools not being allowed to follow the same? We have asked the deputy director of school education to look into this matter and take action accordingly,” said Santosh Gangurde,vice president of MNVS.

While the non-catholic schools follow a six-day week schedule and have holidays on Sunday,most convent schools follow the five-day week schedule with holidays on Thursday and Sunday.

However,N B Chavan said,“We cannot take action against schools for following a five-day week schedule. According to the rule,the convent schools are allowed to follow a five-day week schedule on the condition that they complete the stipulated teaching hours and syllabus after seeking permission from the concerned education officer. If the schools do not have this permission,only then can we take action against them.”

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