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dna impact: Vasai school faces education department heat

Tuesday, 8 April 2014 - 8:10am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

Principal's insensitive remark may cost institute its licence

Vasai's JP Ludhani High School may lose its recognition as the state education department has decided to not renew its licence under the Right To Education (RTE) Act, 2009.

The education department voiced its concern following Monday's dna report which talked about the insensitive remark made by Siny Satheesan, principal of the school, to a parent.

"Under RTE's 10-point norms, we will not renew the recognition of the school. The renewal process is conducted in June. Following this, the school will fall in the category of illegal institutions and action will be taken accordingly," said Suresh Kamble, education officer, Vasai circle.

The school in Vasai's Evershine City not only denied entry to two siblings, a boy (6) and a girl (8), but also stopped them from appearing in the exams as they had failed to pay the fees. One of them is in the KG section and the other in class I.

Satheesan allegedly insulted Neelu Upadhyay, mother of the students, often when she requested the school authority to allow her children into the school. But things worsened when the principal rebuked her by saying: "Kill your kids if you can't pay the fees of a reputed school." Parents of some other children were also present at this moment.

"The remark made by the principal is very harsh. The school management should have allowed the students to appear for the exams. The motto of a school is to teach students, not to extort money by prohibiting them from appearing in exams," said the principal of a reputed school, not willing to be named.

He added that if the parent approaches the court of law, then the school authorities will be in major trouble.

When contacted, Satheesan refused to speak to this correspondent. She said an appointment needs to be taken to meet her.

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