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Thane school shuts down, students, parents protest

india Updated: Jul 05, 2009 01:26 IST
Susamma Kurian

Around 100 students of Rajendra Pal Mangala High School and their parents shouted slogans against government-aided school’s trustee Mahesh Mangala outside the Thane (East) school.

The protestors alleged that Mangala wanted to close down the Hindi-medium school and build a mall there.

The 54-year-old school has 2,000 students and 70 teaching and non-teaching staff.

“If the school closes down, where will I go?” asked Class 10 student Kanhaiya Yadav (16).

Principal Vijaya Lal said: “Mangala has been making irrelevant allegations that the results have been bad for three years, benches are broken.”

The school had four students who scored over 90 per cent in the SSC exams this year.

“Mangala didn’t allow us to admit new students. He wants to reduce the strength of the school so that eventually the teachers leave and the school shuts down,” Lal claimed.

On Saturday, when Congress leaders came to the school, a scuffle broke out between Corporator Milind Bankar and Mangala’s son Vivek, a member of the managing body.

“We are not going to close the school for commercial purpose. We haven’t received any aid for the past 11 years. We will sort out the differences between the management and the school staff on Monday,” said Vivek.