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Schools cannot ask parents to conduct classes: civic body

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, August 21, 2013
First Published: 09:06 IST(21/8/2013) | Last Updated: 09:11 IST(21/8/2013)

The education department of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has ordered the Don Bosco School in Matunga to stop parents from taking classes.

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On Tuesday, the department conducted an inquiry at the school after it was reported that parents had been substituting for teachers in their absence.

Activists of the Maharashtra Navnirman Vidyarthi Sena (MNVS) had alleged on Monday that the school was forcing parents to conduct classes.

A few parents had complained about the ongoing practice to the political party, its activists claimed.

Registering the complaint, education officer Ravindra Bhise, met the school’s principal, Father Bosco D’Mello and activists from the political party on Tuesday and spoke against the practice.

“Schools cannot allow parents to take classes, even if they do so willingly. Parents are not trained teachers so it is against the rules,’’ Bhise said.

The school principal told the education officer that they were forced to ask parents to conduct some classes when their teachers went for training programmes or remained absent. “The school principal maintained that they were facing a shortage of teachers and had thus asked parents to help them,’’ Bhise added.

The department will also visit the school on Wednesday to check if the practices had been stopped.

“We will take action against the school if we get any further complaints,’’ he said.

Activists from the MNVS had met Father D’Mello on Monday and submitted a letter claiming that they had received complaints from some parents.

“Asking parents to take classes is unfair to the students because they might favour their own children. Also, there were fears that they might get access to exam papers among other things,’’ said Sudhakar Tamboli, one of the activists who had visited the school said.

HT had reported on August 13 that around 18,000 students had to make do without a teacher in the city’s aided schools as the state had banned the recruitment of new teachers.

Taking suo motu cognisance of the story, the Bombay high court had issued notices to the state to resolve this problem by Diwali.


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