A school in Uttar Pradesh has expelled a class 4 student because his grandmother filed an RTI against the management, the family alleged on Wednesday.
10-year-old Amogh Pathak, a student of the Saraswati Shishu Vidya Mandir in Etawah district, was forced to discontinue his studies after his grandmother Malti Devi sought copies of the documents submitted by the school to the UP board for secondary education. She also sought information regarding the fee structure and how the money was being utilised by the school management.
Malti Devi, a social activist, was trying to prove that the management had used fake documents to get recognition from the state board and was also involved in embezzlement of funds.
On August 2, the management summoned Amogh's family and handed over a rustication letter which said the boy cannot continue because of the dispute
“As a result Amogh is being rusticated from the school,” read the letter signed by the school manager Santosh Kumar, who did not respond to repeated attempts to contact him. Hindustan Times has a copy of the letter.
The family alleged that after the RTI was filed the school teachers started targeting the boy.
“Teachers started looking for the smallest excuse to beat up Amogh. My grandson didn’t file the RTI, so why should he be thrown out of school,” said grandfather Amar Prakash Pathak.
Malti Devi never got the information she applied for, nor was she given any documents. She has now filed a complaint with the district inspector of schools.
The school principal told HT that the Pathak family and the management were involved in a bitter feud ever since Amogh’s father Anupam, an arts teacher in the same school, was sacked last year.
District authorities, however, told HT that the boy will be back in school soon.
"The case is being being investigated by the Basic Shiksha Adhikari (BSA). The boy will be back in school and the management will be severely reprimanded," district magistrate Nitin Bansal said.