Pune: The Akhil Bhartiya Safai Mazdoor Congress has demanded a legal action against the principals of 11 colleges under Jog Educational Trust as they are allegedly signing the students’ documents despite not having any approval from the government.
Interacting with the media on the issue here on Tuesday, Rajesh Belhekar of Akhil Bhartiya Safai Mazdoor Congress said, “The trust has total 12 schools, out of which six are primary and six are secondary. Only one of the schools which is in Chinchwad is aided, rest all are unaided. Except for the principal of the aided school, the rest 11 do not have individual approval for their positions. If a person is appointed as the principal by Jog Educational Trust, according to the government rules, the Trust has to send the proposal for that person’s name and all the other required letters and documents to Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and Pune Zilla Parishad (ZP). They then give approval for the appointment of that person as principal and give him/her the rights to sign the documents related to the school and students. The Trust hasn’t sought approval for any of the principals of these 11 unaided schools.”
Belhekar alleged that for the past one year the organisation has been following up on the matter after which Pune ZP appointed a committee of five people to look into the matter. “The committee, in their report, have noted about the lack of approval. However, without having any rights, the principals are signing on the students’ leaving certificates, mark sheets and other documents. We have demanded that a case of cheating should be registered against these 11 principals and the trust authorities.”
It has also been alleged that several rules and code under RTE Act 2009, Primary Schools Act, or School Code 1981, like existence of school committees, school management committees, teachers sangh, etc., are not followed by any of the 12 schools under the trust. The trust, as well as the schools, have not maintained roster registers for the past 25 years. Belhekar also alleged that the school has not followed many rules.
There have been orders to take back the approval of the schools, however, no action has actually been taken against the school.
Reacting to the issue, Amol Jog, Vice President, Jog Educational Trust said, “The 11 schools are permanently unaided. So according to law, we are allowed to appoint our own principals and give them the rights to sign the documents. We have submitted applications for the approval of our principals, however as the government gives first preference to the principals of aided schools, ours is still pending. However, it’s in the process, and meanwhile, our principals have all the rights to carry out the official work.”
Jog also said that the trust has got its Unified District Information System for Education code number.