MIT Gurukul School takes back unreasonable rules after parents protest

Prajakta Joshi
Thursday, 5 July 2018

The school diary given to the students has mentioned several unreasonable conditions pertaining to size of the earrings of students, colour of the inner wear for the girl students, etc. The parents also need to give an affidavit confirming these rules.

Pune: After the parents of students from the MAEER's MIT Pune's Vishwashanti Gurukul School protested against the unreasonable rules and regulations imposed by the school on the students, and complained against them to the Deputy Director of Education, Pune region, the school, on Thursday, released a statement saying that the rules have been taken back.

The parents, supported by the Patit Pavan Sanghatana, on Wednesday stormed the office of Meenakshi Raut, Deputy Director of Education (in-charge) against the unreasonable rules. 

The school diary given to the students has mentioned several unreasonable conditions pertaining to size of the earrings of students, colour of the inner wear for the girl students, etc. The parents also need to give an affidavit confirming these rules.

The school's statement states that the rules mentioned in the diary were not meant to hurt any individual or communal sentiments, and that's why, considering the suggestions, the school will take back the rules.

“We are made to sign the affidavits saying our children will abide by the rules. We are not saying no to the rules, but there should be some limitation and logic behind the rules. Not everything can be accepted. Moreover, we don't even have access to the school authorities, if we want to talk to them,” said a parent on the condition of anonymity.

On contacted, Raut, too, had accepted that the rules were unreasonable, and that the school will soon be issued a notice demanding an explanation. She had also set up a three-member committee to look into the matter and assured to take action against the school in accordance with the Right to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act 2009.

However,speaking to Sakal Times earlier on Wednesday evening, Suchitra Karad Nagre, trustee and executive director of the MIT Group of Institutes said parents never contacted the school authorities over the issue. They went straight to the media. This shows that there might be something fishy.

While Karad Nagre had earlier maintained that the rules were meant for the welfare and safety of the students, the agitation of the irked parents might have forced the school to take the rules back.

“If parents had any issues, they could have easily come to us. We would have discussed the issues with them and resolved them. But they instead chose to go to the media. And only a few of our 5,000 parents were protesting. This shows that all this was done to defame us. I was in school on Wednesday. Nobody approached me or the principal,” Karad Nagre had expressed.

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