School owners’ hunger strike from Feb 9-12

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Indian Education Updates Bureau Report

INDIA: Members of Maharashtra-based “RTE Foundation”, a group representing school trustees, will be going on a four day relay hunger strike starting February 9 to demand clearance of pending dues under Right To Education (RTE) quota admissions.

The group’s president Sachin Kalbande issued a statement saying their members will protest in front of the Nagpur Zilla Parishad’s education department (Civil Lines) from 10am till 7pm on Tuesday. Kalbande said some schools have not got RTE funds for last four years. RTE Foundation has warned that no admissions under RTE quota will be entertained for 2021-22 academic session unless the government clears the dues.

There are other demands made by Kalbande which include action on unauthorized schools, board affiliation and objection to schools being shifted from “permanently unaided” category to “self-financed” category. RTE Foundation claimed that their protest has the backing of other associations like Maharashtra Rajya Shikshak Parishad, Nationalist Congress Party, MESTA, IESA, VESTA etc.

The fast will be led by Kalbande, Ramesh Shende, Kamlakar Utkhede and Ramesh Dokrimare.

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