Parents of students studying at the Oshiwara’s Raigad Military School met on Friday to decide how to mitigate the woes of their children ahead of the exam season. The school has been facing trouble due to internal disputes between its two factions.
During the meeting held between students’ parents and office-bearers of Forum For Fairness in Education — a non-government organisation, that has taken up cudgels for the parents — considered pooling in funds to keep the academic institute running.
“We have decided to knock at the doors of the court only if all other measures fail,” said the parent of a student.
Even as exams are a couple of months away, students are being forced to study in the dark classrooms over the last fortnight. Electricity to the school building has been cut off and the school is unable to contribute towards its expenses as its bank account has allegedly been frozen. Besides, water supply to the building has been disrupted and toilets are not in a usable condition, complained parents.
The parents said they were at the end of their tether as they were not receiving any support from senior education officials. Jayant Jain of the Forum For Fairness in Education said that their complaints had been ignored by education authorities who expressed inability to help, saying the school is affiliated to the CBSE [Central Board of Secondary Education] board.
“But every school requires an NOC [no-objection certificate] from the state government. How can the state education authorities shrug off their responsibility?” said Jain who spoke to DNA on behalf of the parents of students. “As a last resort, we will just have to go to court.”