Pvt school federation threatens stir if demands not met by February 18

The Maharashtra Rajya Shikshansanshta Mahamandal, a federation of private educational organisations in the state, has served an ultimatum to the state government to fulfill its demands by February 18 failing which it will resort to non-cooperation in conducting forthcoming board examinations.

The federation, that have more than 15,000 schools under its ambit, has warned it will not allow the schools to be used as examination centres.

Federation secretary RP Joshi said the talks held with Maharashtra Education Minister Rajendra Darda on Thursday remained inconclusive.

"Release of arrears of non-salary grant between 2004 and 2013, lifting the ban on recruitment of teaching and non-teaching staff, removal of 'permanently unaided' status on private schools and relaxation of stringent norms for school gradation are some of our major demands," he told Newsline on Friday.

Joshi said the state government has set March 31 deadline for schools to comply with the provisions of the Right To Education Act, which is impossible owing to paucity of funds and other issues.

The office bearers of the federation will meet in Mumbai on February 18 where the future course of agitation will be decided based on the government response, he said.

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