Pune: As part of a protest by the Federation of School Associations to bring about reform in the education sector, private unaided schools in the State associated with the federation will remain shut on April 7.
A rally for 'reform in education' will be conducted at Ramleela Maidan, New Delhi on the same day, which will see participation from nearly 1 lakh people from all over the country.
"Teachers, parents, educators and school managements will be part of this unique rally. Our basic demands are quality education, safety of children, teachers, parents, and all stakeholders of a school, and our dignity," Bharat Malik of Mumbai-based Private Unaided Schools Management Association (PUSMA) said.
He added that although the government has launched the Right to Education Act, its policies are not protecting the interest of students. "We want corruption to go out of the education system. Government policies should be child-centric, uniform and well-planned so that they need not be changed again and again," Malik said.
Jagruti Dharmadhikari of Independent English Schools Association (IESA) said, "Around 1,000 schools in the State that are associated with us will remain shut on April 7 as part of the protest. More than 100 schools in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad will be shut. In order to avoid inconvenience to students and parents, schools that have exams going on will not be shut. Everybody at these schools will observe black day, by tying black ribbons. While state board schools that have examinations will be open, all CBSE schools will remain shut."
The prolonged issue of reimbursement against admissions under RTE, which the schools have emphasised time and again, will also be raised at the rally. The Federation of School Associations has already boycotted RTE admissions this year due to the non-payment of pending reimbursement.