The education department has asked all South Mumbai division schools to be declared holiday to avoid getting stuck in the traffic congestion expected due to the Maratha Kranti Morcha.
The protest is expected to draw around 1.5lakh to 2lakh people from across Maharashtra.
The starting point of the rally is at Byculla and it is expected to culminate 6km away at Bombay Gymkhana.
Authorities fear this will throw traffic in these areas out of gear through the day.
“School vehicles might get stuck for hours in the traffic. That’s why south Mumbai schools should be shut on August 9,” read the circular issued by BB Chavan, deputy director of education, Mumbai region.
Some schools in Dadar, Matunga and Sion, will remain open, but school buses will not ply. “We are not giving an official holiday, it is up to the parents to send children,” said principal, Dadar Parsee Youth Assembly.
Meanwhile, schools in other parts of the city too are worried about traffic snarls.
“We have requested our school to give a day off on Wednesday,” said Anil Bornare, senior teacher, Swami Muktananda School, Chembur. “Although the rally will end in south Mumbai, there is bound to be some spillover on to the central suburbs, causing traffic jams here too.”
The department has asked schools to compensate for lost academic time on another days.