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100 school teachers on hunger strike, demand principal’s dismissal

india Updated: May 02, 2010 01:11 IST
Raghav Rao
Raghav Rao
Hindustan Times
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More than 100 teachers of St Sebastian School in Chembur participated in a peaceful protest on the school premises on Saturday asking for the school principal and two other staff members to be dismissed.

Two of the teachers, Manju Chhabra (49) who teaches mathematics and science and Chandrakant Mhatre (30) who teaches English and social studies, have gone on an indefinite hunger strike.

The teachers alleged that the principal, Father Gervas Fernandes, and staff members, Seema Pinto and Priya D’silva were “torturing teachers and misusing their authority".

“The principal asks for bribes to implement the Fifth Pay Commission for teachers. He and his accomplices doctor the minutes of our staff meetings to their convenience, make false allegations against us, access our personal files and are extremely rude in their conduct with us,” said a senior teacher on the condition of anonymity.

“The two women working with him joined in 2007. They are junior-most in the school but are bossing over the rest of us,” she said.

But the principal said the commotion occurred because certain staff members who “have their eyes on the post of assistant headmistress” were instigating other teachers against him.

“They fail to understand that I do not have the power to appoint anyone to this post. It is done by the Archbishop,” Father Fernandes said. “The ringleaders of this group are threatening the other teachers, saying they will be troubled after I am transferred."

Parents who turned up to support the teachers also alleged the principal resorted to unscrupulous means to make money.