Around 120 students of Std VII of Pimpri’s DY Patil school who were told to seek admission in another school have now been allowed to continue in the same school till the next academic year.
Claiming that continued protests by a certain group of parents had made it impossible to run day-to-day affairs, the school management had recently announced its decision to shut down and asked students to take admissions in schools nearby.
The school had said that current students could continue studying for the next couple of years but admissions at both entry points, which is Std I and Std VII, would be stopped. This means that even those students who clear Std VII would have to look for a new school as the management reasoned that since the education department gives separate recognition to primary and higher secondary, it was justified to close admissions at Std VII.
After receiving many requests from anxious parents who were unable to find alternate schools at such short notice, intervention by local politicians and pressure from the education department, the school management has now announced that students of Std VII could continue till next year.
“It is only a few parents who are making it difficult for the school management but scores of others have been cooperating with us. We never wanted to inconvenience them and even tried finding alternate schools for the students by talking to neighbouring school managements,” said principal Mrudula Mahajan.
“But the parents told us that in state board schools, seats are full owing to the no-detention policy till class VII, while at CBSE schools, the students won’t be able to cope up since they are tougher than the state board. Hence, keeping the parents’ dilemma in mind, the school management decided to allow all students to continue till Std VII,” Mahajan added.
However, Mahajan added that the management is firm on the decision to shut down next year and this relief was allowed to ensure that parents get an entire year’s time to find alternate schools for the students.
“Also, the decision regarding Std I remains the same as of now—we would not be taking any fresh admissions,” Mahajan said. Meanwhile, parents are rejoicing at the interim relief.
“A big burden has been lifted off my head and now, I will have enough time to look for a good school which will fit my budget. But at the same time, I hope the management finds another solution and changes its decision to shut down the school,” said the parent of a Std VII student.