School,education dept set to clash over appointments

The notice dated June12 stated that the department would file an FIR against the school if it fails to provide an explanation within two days.

Written by Dipti Sonawala | Mumbai | Published: June 14, 2013 2:40:22 am

The education department has issued a show-cause notice to St Mary’s Boys School (SSC),Mazagaon,following an inspection which found that the principal of the school,Fr. Baptist Pinto,was signing forms related to admissions and other official documents,despite the department not having approved his appointment to the post.

The notice dated June12 stated that the department would file an FIR against the school if it fails to provide an explanation within two days.

On April 4,the department had appointed a senior teacher Emmy Fernandes as the authorised signatory of the school and asked the management to relieve Pinto from the post of principal as he was “illegally” appointed to the post.

Pinto was the principal of St Xavier’s School from 1998 to 2010,following which he was transferred to St Mary’s School in Mazagaon and Jennifer Dias,the principal of St Mary’s was transferred to St Xavier’s in 2010. Nana Kute Patil of the Buland Chhawa,an NGO,had filed several complaints,which were then investigated by the education department. The appointment of Pinto and Dias through a transfer was termed “illegal”. However,the posts of both Pinto and Dias remained unapproved and other staff members were appointed as authorised signatories.

“We found that Pinto was signing documents despite the signatory authority of the principal being passed on to another senior staff teacher,Emmy Fernandes. So it is illegal for Pinto to sign documents as principal. We had warned them several times but he did not budge and continued signing all official letters,correspondence except documents pertaining to staff salary,” said B D Puri,education inspector of south zone.

However the school management is refusing to follow the orders claiming that the matter is sub judice. When contacted,Pinto said the matter was in court and the education department must wait for the court’s verdict.

The education department has also taken stringent action against the school for defaulting on implementing the Right to Education (RTE) norms conducting admissions for students to Class 5. The school has now been asked to resort to lottery to conduct admission Saturday.

dipti.sonawala@expressindia.com

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