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Will take over Chowgule if closed down: CM

 

Chief minister Manohar Parrikar has reiterated that the government would take over Chowgule Higher Secondary school if the management goes ahead with the closure, but refused to accept that enrolling less number of students is a step towards the closure.

The issue was raised by Fatorda independent MLA Vijay Sardesai in the Assembly today during Question Hour.

While Chowgules is the premiere institute of South Goa, the management’s decision to close down its higher secondary section from this year had received wide protests.

After a heated debate, the chief minister however agreed to sit with all the stakeholders including the management after the Assembly session to resolve the issue of closure.

When Sardesai pointed out that the Chowgule management has enrolled only 137 students out of sanctioned strength of 220 for Std XI, Parrikar said it could be because less number of students applied for admission.

He refused to buy Sardesai’s argument that the on-line admission has been stopped after admitting only 137 students and have announced on their website that they would close down its higher secondary section from next year.

Parrikar emphatically said that the Chowgule management has agreed to continue with the HSS section by admitting the students even this year, as per the directions issued by the education department.

He also did not agree that the management has not followed another direction to admit the students as per the sanctioned quota of 220.

“How can I believe that the management has refused admissions after 137 when not a single complaint in this regard has been received”, asked the chief minister.

BJP’s Sanguem MLA Subhash Phaldesai also intervened stating that the government needs to think over the fact that the Chowgule management has not filled the strength to the optimum and it could be a step towards closing the HSS section from next year.

Taleigao MLA Jennifer Monseratte also urged the government to intervene as it was a matter of concern since it involves future of the student community.

Sardesai also brought to the notice of the House commercialization of education by the Chowgule management while taking all kind of help and financial assistance from the government.

He cited two examples in this regard – the Students’ Service Charge of around Rs 10,000 taken from each student at the time of admission and charging students to play on its own playground while also giving the ground on hire to the private football clubs.

CM assured to inquire into both these instances while stating that no privatization or commercialization of aided institutes would be tolerated.

Sardesai also pointed out that the letter issued to the teaching staff that the institute would be closed down has not been withdrawn by the management till date, which indicates that the closure is still on its agenda.


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what I understand is,the management deliberately delayed the announcement of list of students eligible for admission,so that desperate parents admit their children with good percentage to other higher secondaries.in fact after Mr.Sharmad Raiturker intervened the list was declared.

Once that was done they denied admission to students with 70% marks saying that they are not suitable for our standards.

I do not know whether it is legal to deny admission on the basis of % marks obtained when allotted seats remain vacant.This fact can be verified from any of the Higher Secondary teachers from Chowgules.

I fully agree with MLA Subhash Faldesai and Vijay that this was a deleberate attempt by management .

 
Subodh , margao