2 more schools refuse report cards over fees
A day after Salwan Public School refused report cards to parents for non-payment of arrears, two other schools in the city followed suit, reports HT Correspondent.delhi Updated: Apr 01, 2009 01:17 IST
A day after Salwan Public School refused report cards to parents for non-payment of arrears, two other schools in the city followed suit.
At Jindal Public School in Dabri, close to 500 parents created a ruckus after the school refused to give out report cards.
“If the school wanted parents to pay arrears, it could have asked us earlier. But laying down conditions on the day of the results is unfair,” said a parent on condition of anonymity. “The school is blackmailing us.”
“There were more than 500 parents and just one counter. We are not refusing to pay the increased fees and the arrears. But the government still has to come out with a final decision,” said parent Harish Rawat.
The situation deteriorated after a heated exchange between parents and school authorities and police was called in to disperse the crowd.
“Once the situation got out of hand the school was forced to give out report cards. But many parents had paid by then,” Rawat added.
Principal Uttam Singh could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.
The scene was the same at Rukmini Devi Jaipuria Public School, Rajpur Road, where parents alleged they were refused report cards for not paying the increased school fees and the arrears.
However, principal HK Saxena said only those who had not paid the regular fees were not given results. “Parents have time till September to pay the arrears. We did not give report cards to those who had not paid the regular fees,” Saxena said.
Meanwhile, Salwan Public School on Tuesday gave away report cards to parents who had protested on Monday.
“The school has excused parents who are unable to pay and asked the rest to give a written assurance that they will clear their dues,” said a parent not wanting to be named.