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School violated RTE norms: Education officials Silver Oak school

Implementation, Right to Education

Times of India


NASHIK: Vasudha Kurnawal, assistant commissioner (education) of the Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) and R S Mogal, zilla parishad education officer (primary) filed a police complaint against the Silver Oak School for alleged violation of the Right to Education Act, 2009, at Sarkarwada police station, on Friday. They also submitted an application seeking a First Information Report.

The school had not permitted seven of its primary students to attend classes from December 6, 2013 in its Sharanpur branch and three secondary students at its Chandsi branch, allegedly due to non-payment of fees and three students for the past and current academic year.

The parents of the students, employees of the school, had been demanding that their wards be given concession in fees. “Now that we are suspended, we get only half the salary. How can we afford the fees?” said the parents.

On December 9, Kurnawal was allegedly mistreated by the headmistress of the school when she went to inquire about the issue. She submitted a report to the deputy director of education about the episode. A four-member inquiry committee had been constituted by the ZP primary education office and the report was submitted to the deputy director of education last week. The committee had suggested that the school be derecognized.

On Friday, Kurnawal, Mogal and assistant director of education R R Marwadi visited the school and held discussions with the management about taking the students in. The students, their parents and some activists of Forum Against Commercialisation of Education waited outside the school through the day.

In the evening, the education officers and MLA Nitin Bhosale (MNS) went to the Sarkarwada police station and filed a written complaint against the school.

“Apart from violating the RTE Act, the school does not have approval for the teachers and the headmistress. Under sections 16 and 17 (1) and (2) of the RTE Act, the education officers have filed a complaint against the school. It is wrong to take children out in the middle of the academic year. It could amount to non-bailable offence,” said Marwadi.

Bhosale said that the Sarkarwada police said that the application will be studied and a FIR lodged after conducting an inquiry. “The students who have been issued school leaving certificates are from the primary section and the secondary section headmistress has signed on these certificates, which is wrong,” said Bhosale.

“The students had been issued reminder letters for paying the fees on a number of occasions, but they did not pay up the fees. It is the school’s policy to offer a percentage waiver in fees to those who fill up scholarship forms and 10-15 percent of them get the waiver. These students are the children of our ex-employees. They have been suspended and must have sought advice from people who told them that they need not pay the fees, since the school cannot take their wards out as per the RTE,” said Jesus Lal, chairman of the school.

“In July 2013, the parents went to the Labour Court and brought an ex-party stay and we were not given any notification. We went to the High Court asking how such an order could be issued to a private unaided minority school. Hearings have taken place and the case is still going on and the final hearing will take place over the next three or four days. The RTE Act is not applicable to minority schools in totality. Every person should admit their wards to schools according to what they can afford,” said Lal.

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