A Class 1 student of All Saints’ School in Bhopal’s Gandhinagar area was allegedly denied result after his father refused to pay Rs 250 charge without receipt. The CBSE-affiliated school finally issued the result on April 24 after the intervention of the district education officer (DEO).
The school management has denied the allegations.
The incident comes only days after a private school in Kolar area was issued show cause notice by the DEO for not allowing an aspiring Class 11 student to attend class allegedly citing ‘low marks’ in the Class 10 pre-board examination.
Mohd Alizer was allegedly not given his result after his father declined to pay the charge collected by the school for issuing marksheet. To mount pressure on his parents, the school administration even did not allow the child to board the school bus.
“My son was not allowed to take the school bus home…The bus driver and helper instead told him to send his parents to the school to settle the payment issue,” Mohd Shakeel, father of the Class 1 student said.
“My son’s class teacher asked me to collect my son’s results on March 8. When I reached the school I was told to deposit Rs 250 for the result, but the teacher refused to give any receipt against the transaction,” he said.
Mohd Shakeel approached DEO Dharmendra Sharma on March 9 and lodged a formal complaint following which the DEO wrote to the school administration seeking an explanation. Sharma again wrote to the school on March 24.
“Yes, the school was not ready to give the result and then I had to write to the school administration. After much correspondence, the school finally sent the result to our office,” Sharma said, adding: “The behaviour of the staff and teachers was biased towards the child after the issue, so I asked his father to change the school.”
However, when Shakeel applied for transfer certificate on Thursday, the school administration refused to refund the fees for April to July. “The school demanded Rs 50 for the TC, but again refused to issue receipt,” he said.
“I understand Rs 50 is not a big amount, but it is beyond my understanding why the school can’t give receipts for the payments they keep charging every now and then,” Shakeel added.
Denying the allegations, school administration in-charge Shafi said: “It is our rule to take Rs 250 for result and almanac. We won’t change our rules for someone. Had he (Mohd Shakeel) wanted the receipt for Rs 250 we would have surely given the same to him.” Shafi also accused some parents of being “absolutely ill-mannered at times.”
Another parent, Anas Khan, however, told HT: “Yes, Rs 250 have to be paid for result every year and they (the school) do not provide any receipt for it.”