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The Pune Jesuit Schools Society (PJSS) on Friday condemned the attack and protests carried out by the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) on the premises of the Loyola High School, one of their city-based institutions on January 30.

The Loyola School authorities told DNA that the MNS cadres had arrived on the school premises on January 30 and tried to disrupt the written examination being conducted for standard I admissions to the school.

The MNS cadres were ostensibly protesting against the holding of written examinations for children seeking admission to standard I.

The PJSS, in a press statement, said, "No political group should take the law into their hands when there are government bodies set up to deal with the issue. Instead of approaching the government, the MNS trespassed the school building and made various demands before the school authorities. They wanted to stop the written examination and empty the classrooms of 300 small children, who were appearing for the examination. This could have frightened the children and caused chaos. Luckily, some of our staff members convinced the MNS cadres to leave the children alone."

Following the MNS protest, the PMC's education officer Ramchandra Jadhav issued a letter dated January 30 (a copy of which is with this newspaper) to all aided and unaided, private primary schools in the city reiterating a state government directive that prevented schools from holding written examinations and conducting interviews of children for standard I entry level.

However, Loyola High School principal Fr James Thorat quoted clause 4 of the state government's education department directive dated June 18, 1997 which states that all admission applications should be listed in order of merit.

Thorat said, "If a merit list has to be announced, it can only be done by holding a written test and an interview. This is why we have been following this practice for many years."

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"Pashan school says MNS' attack not done; Loyola officials defend written test and interview system." DNA [Daily News & Analysis] 5 Feb. 2010. Educator's Reference Complete. Web. 12 Mar. 2010.
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