A day after dna reported that the management of the city’s largest school for mentally-challenged children had asked 31 ‘non-productive’ students to move out, netas across party lines have stepped in to help them.Parents of the 31 students will meet on Saturday evening to put forth their plea before the school management. Parents had termed the school’s move to oust their kids as ‘unfair’ and wanted the school to allow their kids to stay.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The school’s decision is unfair. I will meet the affected parents and take up the matter with the school management. There is a genuine shortage of vocational training centres for such children. In such a situation it won’t be right to oust them from an existing facility just because they are non-productive,” said legislator Kapil Patil.Patil said that if the management doesn’t budge, he would take up the issue with the state social justice department which governs schools and training centres for mentally-challenged children.Parents of all 31 students, who are over 25 years of age, had been asked to find a new place for their mentally-challenged kids.According to the notice issued by the management of the Sewri-based Jai Vakeel school run by the Research Society for the Care, Treatment and Training of Children in Need of Special Care, parents have been given time till February 15 to accept the management’s decision. If they fail to do so, the kids will be ousted by April this year.”We will speak to the school authorities and ask them to reconsider their decision. The school must withdraw the notice given to the parents. If at all the school wants to remove the kids, they should be able to show why only these 31 kids are being ousted. We will from a forum of parents to take the issue forward,” said Shiv Sena corporator Anil Trimbakkar.Parents of the affected kids want the school to give them at least 2-3 years to find alternate training centres. “We should be given more time. It’s impossible for all the kids to find training centres but at least for those who can, they should get more time,” said Datattray Salekar, one of the parents, adding, “We will chalk out a strategy on Saturday.”

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Netas step in to help 31 mentally-challenged kids