A CBSE board affiliated school in Lucknow has issued a detailed price list for issuing various certificates that otherwise come free of charge to students, who recently cleared the Class 12 examinations.
Baby Martin International School in Dubagga on Hardoi Road also said that if students want the documents ‘quickly’, they will have to shell out additional money on the list displayed on its gate.
According to the list, students will have to pay Rs 600 to get a transfer certificate in three days and Rs 350 if they can wait for 15 days. They will have to pay Rs 250 to get their report cards in two days. The same will be issued for Rs 100 but in seven days.
The list does not end here. It says a bonafide certificate will be available in a day for Rs 500 and half the price in seven days. Similarly, a certified copy of birth certificate can be had for Rs 100 in a day and Rs 50 in five days.
Angry students took pictures of the notice and within a few hours they went viral on social media and on WhatsApp.
A Class 12 student said the school administration has been extorting money from them throughout the year under various heads.
“We were forced to buy books and stationery from the school itself,” he said.
District inspector of schools Umesh Tripathi said schools cannot charge money and certificates should be made available free of cost. “The matter has come to my knowledge and it will be investigated,” he said.
Jawaid Alam Khan, the CBSE coordinator for Lucknow, also said schools cannot charge a penny from students for mark sheets and certificates.
“They come free from the board. The board sends all the documents then how come some school charges money to make them available?” he asked.
Khan, however, admitted that some schools do charge Rs 100 for transfer certificate.
The school administration could not be contacted. The telephone number mentioned on its website was out of order.