Maharashtra govt threatens to shut Mumbai school for expelling students over fee hike
Mumbai city news: The school had expelled 70 kids last week for not paying the hiked feesmumbai Updated: Jun 02, 2017 00:10 IST
The state school education department has threatened to shut down the Dahisar school, which expelled 70 kids last week for not paying the hiked fees, if they don’t readmit them. The school management said they will move the Bombay high court if the school is shut down.
Education minister Vinod Tawde said the department will cancel the no-objection certificate (NoC) issued to the Universal High School in Dahisar if they do not readmit the students. Without the NOC, it stands to loose its affiliation to the Council of Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) board. “If the school expels even a single child, we will immediately take action against them. We have sent them notices on this on Wednesday,” said Tawde.
The divisional fee regulatory committee, an appellate body for grievances under the Maharashtra Educational Institutions Regulation of School Fee Act, 2011, will hear the case on Thursday. Chairman of the school, Jesus Lall said they will approach the HC if the department takes such an action.
“If the department wants us to allow 50 parents to hold the school at ransom, then let the court decide if it is justified,” said Lall.
On May 26, the school wrote to the students’ parents informing them that their children were ‘de-enrolled’ for non-payment of fees and asking them to collect their school leaving certificates on Monday.
For the past four months, the school management and parents have been locked in a dispute over a 14% hike in school fees — from Rs 96,000 to Rs 1.2 lakh.
The parents had also complained about this to Tawde.