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'Government's decision on night schools shameful'

Monday, February 12, 2018
By Philip Varghese

Education and social activist highlights a situation wherein there is no one to teach night school students since seven months

Almost a year after the Maharashtra state government had issued a Government Resolution (GR) on May 17, 2017, stating that 1,456 teachers will not be allowed to teach the night schools as they already teach the day schools and the government had to pay extra for their night duty, an education and social activist has claimed that there has been no new appointments regarding these positions.

Nihal Kirnalli, education and social activist, said, “Recently, it has come to notice that the state government has not done anything to allocate teachers to schools of students studying in night schools. The Government Resolution has ordered that the day school teachers will not be allowed to teach the night schools. It has also stated that the government suffers a lot to pay their increased salaries. It is utterly shameful that the state government thinks in that sense. The government recently also decided to shut down more than 1,000 schools within the state, in the middle of an academic year, with no plans whatsoever to re-enroll the students to a new school as quickly as possible.''

''The government is totally destroying the future of youths in the state by taking such harsh decisions. It is also a loss to the state and in turn to the nation in the long run,” he stated.

The activist further added, “Students who go to the night schools are the ones who come from the poor family background and work all day long, finally going to schools at the end of the day. In the current situation, there is nobody to teach these students since the last seven months. This is a serious blunder by the state government. The Board Exams are not far and students are totally terrified to give the exams without complete preparation. Who will be responsible for the loss of the students? As an education activist, I strongly condemn the blunder that the state government has created. The state government will be responsible for the students' loss. I just wonder why the state government is always trying to degrade the education system in the land of the great Jyotiba Phule and Mahatma Phule. I urge the School Education Minister Vinod Tawde to look into the matter as soon as possible and take necessary actions without further due.”

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