Uniform 'diktat': Parents move Madhya Pradesh child rights panel

  • M Poornima, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Nov 22, 2014 16:43 IST

Irked over Bhopal schools’ alleged diktat asking students to buy winter wears from a particular shop, a group of parents on Thursday filed a complaint with MP Child Rights Commission.

Parents of the students studying in two city schools — Delhi Public School (DPS) and Skyline Foundation School — lodged a formal complaint against respective school administration.

Parent of a student from Sky Line School complained that his son was sent back home as he was wearing a sweater which was bought from a shop other than the one recommended by the school.

The rest of the complainants are parents of DPS students. They claimed that the school was selling sweaters from its own counter.

Chairperson of Madhya Pradesh Child Rights Commission Usha Chaturvedi confirmed to have received complaints from parents of students studying in Delhi Public School and Skyline Public School that their children were being pressurised to buy winter wears from a particular shop.

On the basis of the complaints, Chaturvedi said, she has written to district education officer and district collector asking them to look into the case. She has also asked administrations of both the schools to appear before the commission to keep their side.

"There are strict instructions of district administration that no school should pressurise their students to buy uniform, books, winter wears or any other thing from a particular shop. Selling things by opening a stall from schools is also illegal," Chaturvedi added.

DEO, KPS Tomar, said if the complaints made by parents are found true, the administration will take action.

DPS principal Ajay Sharma denied the charges that winter uniform of the schools were being sold from a counter in the school itself. He, however, conceded that some changes have been made and, at present, the uniform was available in only few shops.

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