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  • Pankaj Jain
    Mar 14, 2013
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      In the word document attached to your report, the total expenditure of Mumbai Corporation for 2012-13 was Rs. 2342.63 croes, which comes to Rs. 58565/- per child per year for the reported number of 400000/- children in the BMC schools.

      Is there some study about the learning level of children when the Govt. is paying an effective fee of Rs. 58565/- per child? This does not include the cost of land and building, which in Mumbai could mean another Rs. 30000/- or so. 

      Why should you oppose privatization if private parties could provide better education at half the cost, with savings deployed to improve education in other Govt. funded schools.

      You should also oppose privatization of road construction in Bihar by Nitish Govt. in Bihar, which has contributed to 10% growth of Bihar, and privatization of telecom sector in India, which has provided cheap and effective telecom service to all, including poor. Who do you care more about, the Children or Employees of Corporation Schools, on whose much of the budget is spent?

      --- On Fri, 3/15/13, Anil Sadgopal <anilsadgopal@...> wrote:

      From: Anil Sadgopal <anilsadgopal@...>
      Subject: [highschoolscience] Fw: Mumbai Shikshan Kampanikaran Virodhi Abhiyan - State-wide Protest Day on 16th March 2013.
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      Date: Friday, March 15, 2013, 1:02 AM

      Dear all,

      The MUMBAI SHIKSHAN KAMPANIKARAN VIRODHI ABHIYAN (मुंबई शिक्षण कंपनीकरण विरोधी अभियान) has decided to observe Saturday, 16th march 2013 as the state-level protest day against the ominous decision of the Brihanmumbai Mahanagar Palika to handover all of its 1174 schools to private parties under PPP. 


      The decision must not be envisaged as a local matter of Mumbai since its repercussions would be felt not only all over Maharashtra but India as well. Apparently, the neo-liberal forces, through this decision, are testing the resolve and strength of the progressive sections of Indian society. If they get away with it, your state, district, Block or municipal committee is bound to be next.


      This is a wake up call. Join the movement.


      A brief interim report is given below along with the attachments in Hindi/ Marathi/ English.


      Contact person

      Sh. Shyam Sonar, Mumbai – 8080829499;


      Members of the Nimantrak (Convening) Committee:


      1. Sh. Arvind Vaidya, Samaan Shikshan Moolbhoot Adhikar Samiti, Mumbai  - 9969921981.

      2. Sh. Neeraj Jain, Lokayat, Pune – 9422220311.

      3. Sh. Abhijit, Lokayat, Pune – 9422308125/ 8975806328.

      4. Dr. Millind Wagh, Shikshan Bazarikaran Virodhi Manch, Nasik -  9423964966. 




      Anil Sadgopal

      All India Forum for Right to Education (AIFRTE)

      --- On Thu, 14/3/13, All India Forum RightTo Education <aifrte.secretariat@...> wrote:

      From: All India Forum RightTo Education <aifrte.secretariat@...>
      Subject: Mumbai Shikshan Kampanikaran Virodhi Abhiyan - State-wide Protest Day on 16th March 2013.
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      Date: Thursday, 14 March, 2013, 9:45 PM

      Dear all,




      Here is a brief interim report leading up to the state-wide protest on 16th March 2013.


      The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, the wealthiest municipal body in the country, decided on 23rd January 2013 to handover all of its 1174 primary, elementary and high schools to corporate houses, NGOs and religious bodies under PPP under the pretext of improving the quality of education. The decision is awaiting final approval by the state government before implementation begins. The total number of children enrolled in these schools is about 4 lacs who are taught by approximately 11,500 teachers. It is the only self-government body in the country which offers 8 languages as medium of education viz. Marathi, Hindi, Urdu, Gujarati, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu and English.  


      Similar decisions to handover individual or small clusters of schools by various statutory authorities, including the state governments, in different parts of the country have been taken since neo-liberal policies were instituted in 1990s. However, this is the first time in post-independence India that a statutory body has resolved to totally abdicate its Constitutional obligation in a single stroke. Samaan Shikshan Moolbhoot Adhikar Samiti, Mumbai, a member-organisation of AIFRTE, started campaigning against this decision last year when the Education Committee and Standing Committee of the Municipal Corporation were successively engaged in passing resolutions in support of this ill-conceived plan. Delegations were organized to register its protest but to no avail.


      Expecting the decision to be taken by the General Body of the Municipal Corporation in January 2013, the aforesaid Mumbai Committee asked AIFRTE to take initiative in bringing together all concerned organizations of Maharashtra under a single umbrella to build up a powerful state-wide protest movement. Accordingly, AIFRTE helped organize two meetings at Pune – 26th January and 10th February – hosted by the local organization, Lokayat. As a result, 17 organisations from different parts of the state decided to constitute a State Committee (Rajya Abhiyan Samiti) for organizing a state-wide Mumbai Shikshan Kampanikaran Virodhi Abhiyan (मुंबई शिक्षण कंपनीकरण विरोधी अभियान). The State Committee declared 16th March 2013 as the state-level protest day when protests will be organized at every district headquarter, including all major cities of the state.


      In pursuance of this decision, 25 organisations based in Mumbai met on 1st March to chalk out its action programme for 16th March. The participating organisations included student organisations, political parties, trade unions, dalit and women groups, educational and housing right groups and other issue-based initiatives. On 4th March, a small delegation led by Sh. Prakash Ambedkar (Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh) and Com. Prakash Reddy of CPI met the Chief Minister. Several senior leaders of social movements and other eminent persons of Maharashtra (Dr. ND Patil, Bhai Vaid, Prof. Pushpa Bhave, Justice BN Deshmukh, senior CPI leaders Com. Ganpatrao Deshmukh and Com. Govindrao Pansare, film maker Sh. Anand Patwardhan, actress Smt. Ratna Pathak Shah), members of the proposed delegation, could not reach Mumbai due to the appointment given only one day in advance, though it was sought several weeks in advance. The Chief Minister surprised the delegation by stating that he is not even aware of the decision of the municipal corporation and promised to inquire into the matter and meet the full delegation later by giving a proper notice. He, however, defended the decision by contending that this measure will promote competition between government and private schools, leading to general improvement in the quality of education! The delegation, however, pointed out that the best educational institutions of the country like Kendriya and Novodaya Vidyalayas, Central Universities, IITs and Regional Engineering Colleges, IIMs, AIIMS and state medical colleges and National Law Schools have provided the highest quality of education without needing such an ‘imagined competition’.

          Indeed, it is a trying time for education loving people both in Maharashtra and throughout India. The proposal for privatisation  of Mumbai      Municipal Corporation schools is a test dose. If democratic forces do not raise to the occasion, not only the Mumbai schools will be privatised but also government schools elsewhere in Maharashtra and in different states would be privatised in the same lines. There is a news from Uttarakhand that 2200 government schools will be privatised. Let all of us take this issue with necessary seriousness.     


      The following 11 Maharashtra-based member-organisations or Associated Organisations of AIFRTE are playing a pivotal role in building this historic movement: i) Akhil Bharatiya Samajwadi Adhyapak Sabha (ABSAS) headquartered in Pune; ii) All India Federation of Elementary Teachers’ Organisations (AIFETO) along with its Maharashtra Rajya Prathamik Shikshak Samiti; iii) All India Students Association (AISA), Maharashtra Unit; iv) All India Students Federation (AISF), Maharashtra Unit; v) All India Revolutionary Students Organisation (AIRSO), Maharashtra Unit; vi) Lokayat, Pune; vii) Samaan Shikshan Moolbhoot Adhikar Samiti, Mumbai; viii) Satyashodhak Shikshak Sabha, Maharashtra; ix) Shikshan Bazarikaran Virodhi Manch, Nasik; x) Yusuf Meharally Centre, Mumbai; xi) Yusuf Meherally Yuva Biradari, Maharashtra.


      The following Maharashtra-based members of AIFRTE’s National Executive are acting as source of inspiration, morale-boosting and ideological binding in the movement: Sh. Prabhakar Arade, Kolhapur of AIFETO; Dr. Dilip Chavan, SRT Marathwada University, Nanded & Satya Shodhak Shikshak Sabha; Ms. Simantini Dhuru of AVEHI-ABACUS Project & Samaan Shikshan Moolbhoot Adhikar Samiti, Mumbai; Ms. Guddi of Yusuf Meherally Yuva Biradari; Sh. Neeraj Jain & Sh. Abhijit of Lokayat, Pune; Sh. Arvind Vaidya of Samaan Shikshan Moolbhoot Adhikar Samiti, Mumbai.


      The Rajya Abhiyan Samiti nominated Sh Arvind Vaidya, Sh. Neeraj Jain and Dr. Millind Wagh as the Nimantrak (Convening) Committee, with Sh. Vaidya as its Mukhya Nimantrak (Principal Convenor).


      Sh. Shyam Sonar of Samaan Shikshan Moolbhoot Adhikar Samiti, Mumbai was nominated as Office Co-ordinator for the Abhiyan.


      Apart from its Maharashtra-based members listed above, AIFRTE was represented at the aforesaid meetings by: Prof. Anil Sadgopal, Bhopal; Sh. Ramesh Patnaik, Hyderabad; Drs. Vikram Amarawat & Amarendra Pandey, Gujarat Vidyapeeth, Ahmedabad.



      Documents attached (English Translations Awaited; last attachment i.e. Fact Sheet on Municipal Schools is in English):

      1. Abhiyan’s Concept Note (Hindi)

      2. Abhiyan’s Concept Note (Marathi)

      3. Abhiyan’s Signature Campaign Letter to CM (Marathi)

      4. Report of Abhiyan’s Delegation Meeting with CM on 4th March 2013 (Hindi)

      5. Abhiyan’s Handbill for 16th March State-wide Protest (Hindi)

      6. Abhiyan’s Handbill for 16th March State-wide Protest (Marathi)

      7. Fact Sheet on Mumbai Municipal Corporation, compiled by Ms. Simantini Dhuru of AVEHI-ABACUS Project & Samaan Shikshan Moolbhoot Adhikar Samiti, Mumbai.

          8. English leaflet_ Protest  on 16th March_  Maharashtra 





      Anil Sadgopal,

         Member, Presidium,
         All India Forum for Right to Education 

      Ramesh Patnaik

      Organising Secretary

      All India Forum for Right to Education (AIFRTE)

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