If the government fails to stop the closure of the Higher Secondary School of Chowgule, the Fatorda MLA Damodar Naik has decided to step-in and takeover the management of the Higher Secondary School, which has recently received closure orders from the management.
In a letter dated 15/11/2011 to the Director of the Directorate of Education, Fatorda MLA Damodar Naik states, “Our society which is registered under Societies Act in its managing committee meeting has taken a decision to take-over the Higher Secondary School from the academic year 2012-2013 onwards.”
The letter further states that, “Our society will go for construction of a full-fledged building for Higher Secondary in the near future, till that time we would see that the classes are run in the suitable rented/leased premises. The selected premises to run the Higher Secondary School would be from the same vicinity or close by vicinity of the Chowgule Higher Secondary School.”
In the event of taking over this Higher Secondary School by our Society, it would be the responsibility of the Directorate of Education to transfer all movable acquired by the Chowgule Management under the Government Grant to our society with immediate effect, the letter further asserts.
When GoaChronicle.com spoke to Damodar Naik, he confirmed that he has indeed decided to step in the matter for the interest of the people in and around Fatorda who have benefitted because of this educational institution and also plans to ensure that the reputation and quality of the education only improves. The Chowgule Education Society is one of the oldest and most reputed institution in our state, having an intake capacity of around 300 students in every academic year. Most of these students are either from Margao or Fatorda.
“I am elected from the Fatorda Constituency, it is my bound duty to look into the matter, more sympathetically and not hesitate to find an amicable solution to the entire issue of education, where in the fate of almost 600 students and around 50 staff are at stake,” he further expressed.