Class 9 student Adhishree Gopalkrishnan, who was expelled from Vibgyor High, Goregaon, is suffering because of her parents’ attitude, the Bombay High Court said on Friday.
“We have seen many marriages being broken because of the attitude of spouses but this is probably the first case in which a girl’s education is being jeopardised because of parents’ attitude,” a division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice S.C. Dharmadhikari said.
The judges passed the comment after the school complained that the girl was excellent in academics and sport but her parents were using her for vitiating the atmosphere in the school.
Senior lawyer Janak Dwarkadas, who argued on behalf of the ICSE school, said one parent was jeopardising the quality of education imparted in the school.
“How can the school be run if the management, principal and teachers are made to run from pillar to post every third day? And now even political goons are coming and vandalising the school,” Dwarkadas said.
Adhishree, who was already studying in Vibgyor High, was granted admission to the next year in May.
Her parents had deposited a cheque towards the fees on May 14. The cheque was realised two days later. She was even given schoolbooks but on June 2, a day before school was to start, her admission was cancelled.
Adhishree’s counsel, B.V. Subbarao, alleged that the girl had been targeted because her parents had participated in protests against the school fee hike last year.
“That was because one parent stood up and sought repayment of excess fees, as directed by the Deputy Director of Education,” he added, denying that the parents had done anything illegal.
Dwarkadas, however, countered the claim saying, “The ego of the parents has overtaken the interest of the child and she is being used as a tool.”
The judges tried to reconcile considering the fact that the girl’s education was at stake but realised that earlier attempts to reach an amicable solution had failed.
The court has scheduled the matter for orders on July 6.