MESTA to carry out morcha to Assembly

Maharashtra English School Trustees Association (MESTA) will carry out a morcha to the state Legislative Assembly at Nagpur on December 15 for pressing their various long pending demands.

Addressing a press conference here on Thursday, state vice-president of MESTA Pralhad Shinde-Hastekar said at least 7,000 schools’ trustees across the state, including 300 from Aurangabad district, are likely to participate in the morcha which will start from Patwardhan ground and reach the Assembly via Bardi during winter session a Nagpur which is scheduled to start on December 11, he said.

He expressed concern that several meetings have been held with the state government and Education Minister Vinod Tawade in a bid to seek consensus of multiple issues of MESTA but except promises nothing has happened during the past three years, he said.

Shinde further disclosed that the government has to pay around Rs 650 crore to 13,000 English schools across the state against 25 per cent free admissions fee under the RTE act.

Their main demands are as per Parents Teachers Association (PTA), recognised schools return fees of 25 per cent free admission under the RTE, amendment of protection act for schools, free admission return fees pending for last six years should be paid, action against education officer for neglecting, to make compulsory Transfer Certificate (TC) for admission, among others, said Shinde.

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