Parents of students studying at GES School in Goregaon have approached the Maharashtra State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (MSCPRCR) against the school’s management for allegedly targeting students over a fee-hike row.
In a letter to the commission, the parents have said the school was targeting the students as their parents have refused to pay the fees after an ‘unjustified’ hike in the academic year 2012-2013.
“Children whose parents are contesting the unreasonable fee hike are being made to feel guilty by clapping for those whose parents have paid. They also face taunts from teachers and other students. Legal notices were handed over to children in class,” said the parents in their complaint.
The parents have also alleged that the school has not appointed a Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) committee as per the prescribed norms.
“The school is using pressure tactics to force parents into paying and those who aren’t falling prey to it have to face such harassment. Over the past year, the school has hiked fees by 30 to 60 per cent,” said a parent.
However, in a response to one of the parents’ letter, the school has said: “The fee structure has been revised as approved by the PTA. Doing this even after knowing this is not accepted.”
The school sent a reminder to the parents on December 6, threatening that the ward’s admission would be cancelled if they didn’t pay the hiked fee.
“The first term of the academic year 2013-2014 is over. Before taking any precipitated action of cancelling the admission of your child studying in our school, we are giving you one more opportunity of 15 days to pay the fees, failing which, appropriate action would be taken,” said the letter.
The advocate representing the school before the commission said that he would file a reply by Friday.
The GES School authorities were unavailable to comment on the matter.