School management banned from broaching subject of fees with students
Taking cognisance of the incident, and to prevent such instances from recurring, the district Child Welfare Committee (CWC) has banned private schools from broaching the subject of fees with the students, and directly approach the parents. The CWC has also passed an order to this effect, following complaints from parents about their children being harassed over delayed fee payment.
A four-member CWC bench, of which HT Kamala is the president, with Sister Milagrin D’Souza, TS Savita Kumari and E Dhananjaya, passed the directive. Dhananjaya told TOI that officials from the department of public instruction (DPI) had been instructed to ensure that all schools fell in line with the directive.
He added that violating the directive could invite stringent action from the DPI.
Coordinator of the child helpline (1098), Nagasimha G said that the order was being passed at the right time, since cases of students facing harassment were on the rise. “In most cases, students are the victims of the tug-of-war between the school management and parents over fees and other expenses. Students are targeted inside the classroom, which can push them into depression,” he said.
Child welfare activists want the DPI to enforce the order strictly. “Many orders remain on paper. The authorities concerned must ensure that orders meant to protect students are implemented in all schools. Using students as a tool to collect fees is really inhuman,” said Ravindra S, an academician.