Alleging that the state has completely ignored the need to improve the standard of education and that there is rampant rise in corruption in this sector, MLC Kapil Patil, from Monday has begun his indefinite hunger strike.
Supporting the agitations, several teachers and headmasters associations have written to chief minister, Prithviraj Chavan and to deputy chief minister, Ajit Pawar.
Some of the demands put forth by them are a permanent status for the residential school teachers and junior colleges IT teachers, relaxation of electricity and property tax for all schools and colleges, filling up the vacant positions in schools and junior colleges, returning back the fees paid by students from low socio-economic backgrounds, policy for the education of children with special needs and better implementation of the Right to Education Act, 2009, which is mismanaged in the state.
"It has been over a year since we have been given assurances that our demands will be met. However, they haven't yet kept their promise. It is a very sad day that someone has to sit on a hunger strike to get attention to things as important as education," said Amol Damdare, of the Indian Education Society.
On February 1, Patil along with several teachers held a 'Walk For Free Education' rally to seek free education for all.