Teachers and heads of unaided Marathi schools in the city,along with parents of students up to class VII,on Monday staged a demonstration against the state government and sought permission to run classes VIII to X in these schools,as soon as possible.
Around 200 people staged a demonstration in front of the office of the Director,Secondary Education at Central Building on Monday. G R Palkar School,M S Golwalkar Guruji School and Pragati Vidya Mandir School participated in the demonstration.
They also handed over a memorandum to the director. Secondary education director G K Mhamane confirmed receiving the memorandum from parents. I will send it to the state as the government will take the decision. The master plan for requirement of schools in the state is still under way,” he said.
We had submitted a proposal seeking permission to classes from VIII to X in 2008. However,government did not accept the proposal and instead issued a resolution on June 19,2010,de-recognising classes from VIII to X in unaided Marathi schools, said Amla Bhagwat,director of G R Palkar School in Karve Nagar. “We started the primary school in 1989. In 2004,we started classes up to VII. Now,the parents want their wards to continue in the same school for Class VIII and therefore we sought permission. But the government is adamant on its stand, she said.
Vinod Khanderao,a parent whose daughters had been in Palkar School from Class I,said he wanted his children to continue in the same school as the school provided quality education. “My elder daughter is a swimmer and the school has always encouraged her for various competitions. It was the initiative of the school that my daughters could excel in Sanskrit,” he said.
My wife and me are not highly educated,therefore we decided to admit our children in Marathi school so that they could at least study till Class VII. Moreover,the school is very near to our house and though it is unaided,fees was very less. If my children are getting quality education,why is the government denying my right by not giving permission to classes from VIII to X?” he asked.
Khanderao said most of the parents belonged to middle class and lower middle class strata. “They want their children to study in Marathi medium. There are six English medium schools in Karve Nagar area and only one Marathi school. We have no option except for Palkar School,” he said.