NMMC to de­cide on Gan­pati hol­i­days for schools soon

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

As most schools in the city have de­clared a five­day hol­i­day for their stu­dents for Ganesh­tosav cel­e­bra­tions, the ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment of Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Corporation (NMMC) has said that it too will take a de­ci­sion on the same soon.

Last year, NMMC had an­nounced a 5 day hol­i­day for civic and pri­vate schools in the city dur­ing Ganeshot­sav till Gauri vis­ar­jan. It has also asked that ex­am­i­na­tions to be con­ducted dur­ing this pe­riod be post­poned.

City pres­i­dent of Ma­ha­rash­tra Navnir­man Vid­yarthi Sena (MNVS), the stu­dent wing of MNS, Sav­inay Mha­tre, has writ­ten to mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner and ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment ask­ing for dec­la­ra­tion of hol­i­days dur­ing the pe­riod.

A del­e­ga­tion of MNVS on Mon­day met NMMC ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cials and de­manded that the hol­i­days be de­clared at the ear­li­est.

Mha­tre said, “Res­i­dents from all over the state re­side in the city due to work. Thou­sands of res­i­dents from Konkan and west­ern Ma­ha­rash­tra travel to their vil­lages for Ganeshot­sav. How­ever, sev­eral pri­vate schools, par­tic­u­larly English schools do not give hol­i­days for the fes­ti­val. Sev­eral even hold ex­am­i­na­tions dur­ing this time.”

He said, “De­spite the in­struc­tions by state gov­ern­ment on the hol­i­days in Mum­bai and Navi Mum­bai, some schools have not been com­ply­ing with it. Hence for the past cou­ple of years we have been fol­low­ing up on the is­sue in ad­vance.

An NMMC source, “The civic body could soon de­clare a five­day hol­i­day for all aided and un­aided schools from the first day of Ganeshot­sav till Gauri im­mer­sion day.”

Some schools have al­ready de­clared the hol­i­days. An of­fi­cial from Fr Agnel school, Vashi, “We have de­clared hol­i­day for our chil­dren from Mon­day to Satur­day.”

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