HC notice to NMC over closed Marathi medium schools

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Dec 2017 09:39:06


Staff Reporter,

In last few years, 23 Marathi medium schools have been shut down

Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court has issued notice to Nagpur Municipal Corporation over a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) highilighting disturbing trend of closure of 23 out of 53 Marathi medium schools run by civic body. The petitioner Akhil Bhartiya Durbal Samaj Vikas Sansadhan also expressed deep concern over depleting strength of students in Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) run schools.

A division bench consisting of Justice Prasanna Varale and Justice Arun Upadhye after a brief motion hearing directed the respondents to file reply within six weeks.

The PIL petitioner raised a grievance against closure of primary schools run by NMC imparting education in Marathi medium to the children, more particularly to girl child. In last few years, 23 Marathi medium schools have been shut down.

The petitioner citing response to RTI query and on the basis of newspaper reports claimed that premises of these closed schools wass being misused by undesirable elements for anti-social activities. The petition blamed the apathy of Government and the Corporation for this sorry state of affairs. At some places, the erstwhile school premises have now become the grazing places of cattle. Besides, there is rapid and steady decrease in the strength of students taking primary education in Marathi medium schools run by NMC and ironically, astronomical increase in the number of teachers.

The PIL while tracing the glorious history of NMC run schools stated that during past, many elite persons completed their education from these schools and rose to occupy high positions and lamented that now these very schools are either on the verge of closure or the premises are being utilised by anti-social elements.

The petitioner stated that they submitted the representations to various authorities on February 6, 2016 and August 27, 2016 and a copy was submitted to NMC, but there was no positive response.
Adv Ashutosh Dharmadhikari appeared for the petitioner. AGP Ketaki Joshi represented the State.