City schools have deferred their decision to shut schools to protest the lathi charge on teachers in Aurangabad on Tuesday.
In a meeting on Thursday, the managements of various schools resolved to wait for a fortnight before keeping their institutions shut.
The police had resorted to lathi charge on Tuesday in response to stone-pelting during an agitation of unaided schools close to the venue of the state cabinet meeting. One constable was killed and nine others were injured in the clash. The police rounded up 35 teachers and held them in custody.
Condemning the incident, 52 unaided schools in Mumbai observed a two-day bandh but other schools, including government-aided and non-aided schools, are hesitant to join the protest.
Instead, they plan to mobilise teachers, parents and students to lobby for their demands.
“What happened in Aurangabad was horrific, but keeping our schools closed in protest will not help,” said PM Raut, member of the Maharashtra Action Committee for Teachers Rights.
In another 15 days, schools will hold a ‘silent protest’ demanding immediate redressal of their grievances.
“The government has not fulfilled its promises to the teachers. We still haven’t received 20% aid, which was supposed to be disbursed during Ganpati,” said Raut.
Teachers said that incidents like Aurangabad are an example of violence used to curb civil protests.
“This is the first time in Maharashtra’s history that a lathi charge was ordered on teachers. What is the guarantee that it won’t happen again?” asked Amol Dhamdhere, vice president, Indian Education Society that runs several schools in Mumbai.
State education minister Vinod Tawde on Wednesday had urged schools not to participate in the bandh.