Jesuit Institution St.Marys High School,Mazgaon Derecognised

Students’ future at stake as St Mary’s School is derecognised

The future of 959 students of St Mary’s School in Mazgaon is at stake after the state School Education Department derecognised Classes V to X. The order was passed by Mumbai’s Deputy Director of School Education on Tuesday.

Following reports of alleged irregularities in the school and charges of violating rules of the Education Department, a showcause notice was issued to the school on March 30, following which hearings were scheduled in the matter. However, according to officials of the Deputy Director’s office, the school authorities, including the principal, failed to turn up for the hearing on four occasions. “A day before each hearing, we received a letter from the school stating that the principal is hospitalised and will not be able to attend the hearing. Neither the principal nor any representative from the school attended the hearing. Hence, the order of derecognition was passed on Tuesday,” said the Assistant Director of School Education.

The order further states that the school management has to transfer the students to another school nearby and make sure all of them are accommodated before the next academic year begins.

The school management said the derecognition was motivated by vested interests. Father Baptist Pinto, the principal, said: “The management is being harassed because of people with vested interests having political connections. The SSC section is aided by the state. However, since the academic year 2004, not a single penny has been released by the Education Department towards non-salary grants. The order has been deliberately passed to jeopardise a recognised, private and minority educational institution of repute. We will appeal to the Director of Education.”

Mumbai Laity
St.Marys is a minority catholic institution.The order derecognising the institution means that 1000 students will have to seek admission in some other school.The School must be charging hardly any fees if one compares the fees of other similar schools in Mumbai.

In the recent past there have been instances when the principal and manager of St.Elias School had also had to move court as it was alleged that capitation fees were being collected.It is surprising how the Archdiocese Board of Education which controls more than 150 schools in the city has not advised them as to how the fees are to be collected if not PTA approved.In fact smaller schools run by catholics and non catholics know how to collect their fees and in fact are collecting much higher amounts than these schools.

Today there will be hardly 5% catholics in the said school and in most of the other catholics schools across Mumbai City( not the suburbs)so the schools which were primarily mean to benefit catholics and have 50% reservation hardly serves that purpose.If people who benefit the most are so enthusiastic in closing St.Marys School down then the Jesuits should use this as an opportunity to close the said school down and start an old age home or a college since that at least will have more appreciation and will be of more use to the catholic minority community.

Catholic schools across Mumbai should take a call and postpone the re opening of all schools.

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2 Responses to Jesuit Institution St.Marys High School,Mazgaon Derecognised

  1. Gordon jacobs says:

    This is bad corporate administration and management. I am surprised that with we after having so many schools, we dont know how to skin the cat.
    Look at the other communities and some politicans who own and manage educationsl establishments who demand capitation fees, no one will or can trap them.
    We need to ensure that those who administer our catholic Schools and colleges are trained and our clergy knows how to pull the carpet under the feet of the Catholic laity when it comes to playing with assets and properties within the community. They need to have exposure to the outside world.
    This is what in the local saying is know as “tapori ” administration.

  2. Cedric Vaz says:

    Our Catholic schools over the last few years have played themselves into the hands of the Non-Catholics by taking money and donations from them in the form of Building Fund, School Improvement Fund and What-Not-Funds ! We only have ourselves to blame as they (the Non-Catholics) are now dictating terms to us only because of their money power and are also ready to blackmail us because of these illegal deals.
    What we (Catholics) have done by taking all kinds of donations and favours is also a form of corruption which should come under the scanner of the Lokpal Committee in future. Unless we change our attitude towards donations, many more of our schools and colleges will soon close down one after another……

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