School keeps children out over delay in fee payment

Oct 11, 2017


 MYSURU: Child Welfare Committee (CWC) and Department of Public Instruction (DPI) have received complaints from two parents over harassment to their kids by a CBSE school in Hootagalli of the city for the delay in the school fee payment.

Education Coordinator (EC) inquiry report submitted to the Mysuru rural Block Education Officer (BEO) M Vivekananda has confirmed these allegations of harassment by the school management to the kids. Meanwhile, school authorities have declined to react on the issue stating management staff in Bengaluru and Principal is on leave.

All started in the second week of September with school allegedly declining to allow two kids of class I and II to appear for the mid-term examination. In their complaint to both CWC and BEO, Mysuru Rural, two parents have alleged that their kids were not allowed to appear for the mid-term examination in September stating delay in the fee payment. Post-Dusshera holidays, these kids were not allowed to attend the classes and were asked to come to school only after full fee payment.

Speaking to Times of India, Pradeep, one of the parents informed that at the time of admission, the school had given time till January 2018 to make full payment. “But now the children are harassed. They were not allowed to write the examination, attend classes,” he said.

“Annual fee is Rs 52,000 and I have paid Rs.32,000. I have time till January 2018 to pay the remaining amount. Still, my kid was not allowed to write examination and sent out of school,” he said.

“Many kids were harassed by the school management over the fee issue. Directions issued by the government agencies are not followed by the school,” he alleged.

Speaking to Times of India, Mysuru rural BEO M Vivekananda informed that his office has already conducted an inquiry over the allegations through Education Coordinator (EC). “EC report has confirmed that the school has harassed the students by not allowing them to appear for the examination in September. I have issued notices to the school,” he said.

“I have brought the issue to the notice of DDPI too. Parents now have given the second complaint. We will look into the issue,” he said.

“These kids were not admitted under the provisions of the Right to Education Act (RTE). They were admitted to the school after agreeing to pay the prescribed fee. Now, this fee issue only led to all the problem,” he said.

B K S Vardhan, DDPI, Mysuru informed that he is aware of the issue. “I will visit the school on Wednesday or Thursday and hold talks with the management and parents to find an amicable solution,” he said.

Meanwhile, Child Welfare Committee (CWC) has initiated a separate inquiry over the issue. Speaking to Times of India, E Dhananjaya, member, CWC informed that we have asked the District Child Protection officer (DCP) to visit the school and submit a fact-finding report. “When the officer visited the school, school authorities informed him that school principal is not available. Now we have decided to summon the school authorities to CWC sitting,” he said.

When contacted the school, authorities declined to comment.

“Management staff are in Bengaluru and school principal is on leave. So we are not in a position to give any reaction,” said officer.

Source: Times of India