The Bombay high court, on Thursday, granted temporary relief to St Mary’s School at Byculla and ordered the state education department to wait for 10 days before de-recognising the school. The department had decided to de-recognise the school after they found the school lacking in necessary infrastructure.
Acting on a petition filed by St Mary’s School against the de-recognition order passed by the deputy director of education on May 24, a division bench of justice PB Majmudar and justice Mridula Bhatkar directed the director of education not to take any action against the school till July 18, when the next hearing will be held.
The director of education is likely to pass a final order on the matter on Friday.
The court also ordered that no directives should be enforced till the court decides the petition and directed the school to submit the de-recognition order by July 14.
According to the school’s petition, in 2007-08, the school reviewed the performance of all its students. One of its students, son of one Nana Patil, was found to be academically weak. Despite repeated warnings issued to his parents, the student fared poorly and was asked to repeat class. Patil approached the principal and requested that his son be promoted to the next class. However, the principal declined his request.
The petition contends that Patil then began filing applications under the Right to Information Act, seeking details of the school’s infrastructure and amenities available to students.
Unhappy at the lack of proper infrastructure, Patil lodged several complaints with various authorities, and used his political connections to get orders issued against the school.
The petition added that taking cognisance of complaints lodged by Patil, a show-cause notice was issued to the school on April 7, which was duly replied to by the school. However, even after submitting the necessary documents, the education department passed the de-recognition order, it argued.