Kalyan school yet to ad­mit stu­dents de­spite or­der

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTMETRO -

MUM­BAI: A school in Kalyan has re­fused to ad­mit two stu­dents who were is­sued leav­ing cer­tifi­cates in June over its long-pend­ing fee bat­tle with their par­ent.

In an in­terim or­der dated Oc­to­ber 24, the Ma­ha­rash­tra State Com­mis­sion for Pro­tec­tion of Child Rights (MSCPCR) had asked DS De­sai High School to al­low si­b­lings Su­dar­shan Dakhorkar of Class 10 and Dhanashri Dakhorkar of Class 5, to at­tend school if the pend­ing fee dues were cleared within seven days of is­su­ing the or­der.

The stu­dents were handed leav­ing cer­tifi­cates this year, cit­ing non-pay­ment of dues since 2016-17 over their fa­ther’s bat­tle with the school over the fee hike.

“We tried pay­ing the dues and re­quested the school to ad­mit the stu­dents back as per the com­mis­sion’s or­der, but they re­fused. We then sent a de­mand draft of the amount [₹91,000] but have still not re­ceived any ac­knowl­edge­ment,” said Ramesh­war Dakhorkar, the kids’ fa­ther. “My son is in Class 10 and has been com­pelled to be at home since the start of the aca­demic year. If the school does not ad­mit him back, he will lose a year for no fault of his,” he added.

HT tried con­tact­ing the school on the phone but its of­fi­cials re­mained un­avail­able for a comment. A school spokesper­son, how­ever, re­sponded to an email query. “The case is pend­ing in MSCPCR, Worli branch Mum­bai,” stated the official.

ANKITA BHATKHANDE

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