Teachers demand action against MNS activists

December 20, 2011 by  
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Teachers demand action against MNS activistsMaharashtra, December 19, 2011: Two hundred schools in Maharashtra have urged the government to take action against the Shiv Sena and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) for harassing teachers and principals.

The activists of the two organisations are beating up the teachers and principals in Pune and Mumbai schools in the name of misconduct.

The MNS activists blackened the face of Jose Kurian, Pricipal of DAV Public School in Navi Mumbai for allegedly ferrying its students in unsafe buses without proper safety measures.

“I was almost crumbling because I knew what it means. This is very humiliating, hurting, shattering but at the same time I was trying to put up a brave face only for the students,” Kurian said.

Ganesh Prameswaran, Principal of Poddar International School in Navi Mumbai, said that these incidents are affecting students as well.

“In fact the incident might have given the impression that well if you have the numbers you can get up and go to any place and bash up people and get your things done. Such message shouldn’t be going to the students,” he said.

Asha Narayanan, Principal, St Mary’s high school, said “if the youth are resorting to such means to settle score either political or personal, I don’t know, the situation is very scary for the students who are in our charge.”

The schools have prepared a charter of demands, including enforcement of laws under the Right to Education Act and extending protection to the teaching community.

They also want the disruption by outsiders to be made a non-bailable offence, enforcement of trespassing laws and authorisation only to government officials and agencies to check on schools.

These demands have been prepared after a series of attacks.

In November this year, upset over the leak of a question paper, the student wing of the MNS attacked and blackened the face of a Mumbai University official at Kalina.

In 2008, Shiv Sena activists assaulted the principal of King George School in Bhandup following allegations that a teacher had been molesting students.

– ndtv

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