Pune : MNS activists hold protest against St Mary’s school for fraudulent admission process

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Pune: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) in Pune had staged a protest outside St Mary’s school in camp, Pune.  As parents have accused that the school is conducting a fraudulent admission process for financial gains. According to the parents, private brokers were hired by the school administration to facilitate admissions in exchange for extra money. This has resulted in financial malpractice in the school and raised doubts about its functioning. Agan

In response to these allegations, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has demanded answers from the school regarding their admission process for Nursery (Lower K.G.) in the academic year 2023-24. The MNS has submitted a list of questions that the school must answer within four days to ensure transparency and fairness in the admission process.

One of the questions raised by the MNS is whether the school admits students through a computer lottery system, and if so, whether the software used for the lottery system is certified. The MNS has also requested detailed information on the software used in the lottery entry process to ensure that it meets the necessary criteria.

Other questions raised by the MNS include whether the admission process is done in front of the parents, why the school forces parents to buy books from them, and whether the school is practicing 25% reservation for students of only one religion.

The MNS has also demanded information on the fees structure of the school from Nursery (Lower K.G.) to Class 10th and requested the names of all students admitted in the previous academic year, along with the names of their parents, nature of work, monthly salary, and place of residence.

Furthermore, the MNS has asked whether the school is admitting 25% economically weaker sections as per government norms and whether there are any different selection criteria for students belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.

The MNS has also raised concerns about the selection process for Nursery (Lower K.G.) and whether students belonging to the said backward class are being selected. Additionally, the MNS has requested information on whether the school conducted interviews with parents and prospective students regarding selection and why the student’s form number is included in the admission list.

Mrunal Jadhav