Pune: The ‘school bandh’ call on Monday given by the Maharashtra Navnirman Vidyarthi Sena (MNVS) against fee hikes got no response in the city. The MNVS locked down several school gates early in the morning, but the schools opened the gates and classes were held as usual.
Around 10 schools in the city were closed. However, all schools except the pre-primary section of VIBGYOR School on NIBM Road were open. “We came to school to find locked gates and MNVS banners. However, we immediately called the police, filed a complaint against the activists and opened the gates by doing away with the locks and banners,” said Rita Katawati, Principal of The Hutchings School.
Mala Jatley, Principal of The Orbis School, said, “We found locked gates and MNVS banners, but no activists were around and we called the police, who broke open the gates and classes went on as usual.”
Speaking about the bandh, Kalpesh Yadav of MNVS said, “Our main aim was to protest against the school administrations and the government. We did not wish to involve any children in the protest. Hence, we locked down the gates early in the morning, much before the students came. Now, we will protest against the Education Minister, if needed.”
He added, “Despite laws regarding control over fee hikes, around 18 schools in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad have raised their fees this year. The Education Department presently has no authority to take any action against these schools. The review committee also hasn’t yet given its report.”