The Zilla Parishad (ZP) education department has issued a notice to St Marys School preventing it from resuming nursery admissions. The notice states the stay on admissions issued earlier,after a complaint that the schools claim of being a minority institution for exemption from taking EWS students was false,will remain in force until the final verdict. The ZP notice was issued after the school resumed the admission process on Monday.
KD Bhujbal,ZP extension officer,said, Three hearings were held over the report,but no decision has been made. Thus the stay on admission remains.
The letter reads,Your institution does not have minority certificate and hence cannot be counted as a minority institution. Even after knowing your school is not a minority institution you have not reserved seats for Economically Weaker Section (EWS) students as provided under RTE Act. The matter was heard before the education committee and no decision has been reached yet regarding the admission. Hence the fact that you have again started admission procedure is wrong. Hence the admission procedure should not be started before the final verdict of the hearing is announced. And whatever admissions have been done remain invalid until the verdict.
ZP education officer (Primary) Dattatreya Shendkar said,Yes,it came to our notice that the school had started the admission procedure again. But we sent a letter asking them to stay any admission before the verdict is announced.
Despite the stay orders of the education department,St Marys School started the admission process for nursery on Monday, said Nilesh Borate,social activist,who had filed the complaint seeking a stay on the admission procedure. In spite of repeated attempts,school authorities were not available for comment.