At a meeting held Monday,parents of students studying in private aided schools from Class V to VIII were informed about midday meals being stopped from Wednesday. The headmasters association also threatened to boycott government duties if their demands are not met by September 5.
Almost 33,000 schools across the state have participated in the protest since August 16.
During the meeting of parents and headmasters,we decided not to provide midday meals from Wednesday, said Subhash Mane,president of Maharashtra State Secondary and Higher Secondary Schools Principals Association (MSSHSSPA).
Even after official intervention,the association has decided to go ahead with the protest.
Suman Shinde,deputy director education,Pune Division,said,I had a talk with the association. I requested them to take back the strike as it will affect a lot of students,but they are going ahead. The director of education is on a tour. As soon as he comes back,he will take a proper decision.
We do not want the blame to fall on us if anything bad happens. We are supposed to teach students and not cook food. The government has to find another way of quality control. If they do not take a decision by September 5,we will boycott teachers day and other such celebrations. We will teach students, but will not get involved in any government functions and wear black bands as a mark of protest, said Mane.
He added,We are not against the midday meal scheme. Around 10 lakh students will be affected due to the stoppage of the scheme. Even we want the problem to be solved as soon as possible.