July 14, 2009 12:39:44 am
The Supreme Court on Monday directed the director of education,Mumbai region,to take a decision on the shifting of the New Era School and asked the representatives of the management of the school to meet the director of education on Friday.
The Forum for Fairness in Education and parents of the students belonging to the SSC section of New Era School had won the case in the Bombay High Court against the school management regarding the shifting of the school to a new location last Tuesday.
However,though the High Court had directed the management to start classes on the original premises near Gowalia Tank from Wednesday,trustee Santrupt Misra said that classes would not begin as the management was planning to move the apex court.
The school management has closed the school claiming that the building needed repairs and that it had to be shifted to another location. Currently,the school has been shifted to two new locations,a building in Tardeo for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) section and another building near Excelsior Cinema at CST for the SSC section. The school has been offering IGCSE along with SSC since 2008,after it was acquired by the Aditya Birla group. However,some parents alleged that the school building was in good condition and the management wanted to permanently shut down the SSC section.
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They said that the management wanted to keep only the IGCSE section as the fees charged for IGCSE was higher than that of SSC. According to the parents,the new location of the school is too far from the original location.
Students and parents of the schools,who have been waiting for the school to reopen since the past one month,have now decided to intensify their protest by joining the hunger strike along with Malabar Hill MLA Mangal Prabhat Lodha from Tuesday. Lodha has been on fast for the past four days. Manoj Doshi,a parent said,It is high time the school opens and our children start attending classes.
An official of the school said,We will be meeting the director of education on Friday. The school will not reopen on Wednesday.
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