School un­der scan­ner for mak­ing stu­dent sit on foot­path

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES CITY - Krit­tika.Sharma@

New Delhi: A Chris­tian mi­nor­ity school in Ro­hini is un­der the scan­ner of the Delhi Com­mis­sion for Pro­tec­tion of Child Rights, al­legedly for mak­ing its stu­dent sit out­side the premises, on the foot­path, for non-pay­ment of fees.

The Class VIII stu­dent, ac­cord­ing to his mother, had been go­ing to school from April 2, each day ousted by the ad­min­is­tra­tion, un­til Thurs­day last week.

The child lost his fa­ther about a year ago, and his mother worked as a help and was un­able to pay the fees.

Ac­cord­ing to the mother of the 12-yearold, while the el­dest daugh­ter’s fees was also not paid, her teach­ers had con­trib­uted among them­selves to clear the dues and make sure the Class X girl at­tended school.

“Both my kids were granted 50% fee waiver by the school. But this year, the ad­min­is­tra­tion wanted me to start pay­ing his fees in full, which amounts to Rs 60,000 per year,” said the mother, who didn’t wish to be iden­ti­fied.

The mother said she had ap­proached the school to in­form them about the in­abil­ity to pay such a hefty fees, be­ing the only bread­win­ner of the house.

“Both they re­fused to waive fees, like they had ear­lier. My son used to get dressed ev­ery­day be­cause he just wanted to go to school,” she said.

The pub­lic “pun­ish­ment” for non-pay­ment of dues brought a lot of hu­mil­i­a­tion to the chil­dren and the fam­ily, said the mother.

“I know it is our fault that we can’t pay the fees on time. Parhu­maarib­hi­ma­j­boori­hai,” said the mother.

The mat­ter was brought to the no­tice of DCPCR, which is now plan­ning to is­sue a no­tice to the school. “I have been given the di­rec­tion by the chair­per­son, and a for­mal no­tice will be sent to the school by to­mor­row,” Jy­oti Rathee, a DCPCR mem­ber, said.

The ad­min­is­tra­tion could not con­tacted for com­ment de­spite calls and email to the school au­thor­i­ties.

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