Members of school parents welfare association and the parents of the Class 8 girl student, who was abruptly expelled by Delhi Public School Ghaziabad, Vasundhara (DPSGV) on August 24, approached Ghaziabad district magistrate on Tuesday and sought her intervention.
The school expelled the girl student citing that her father had filed many frivolous cases against the school before the local administration and courts.
A TC dated August 24 was sent to her parents through a registered post.
The girl’s father, Neeraj Bhatnagar, is an active member of the school parents’ welfare association and another organisation called All School Parents’ Association. He had been actively voicing the issue of arbitrary fee hike in schools, selling of stationery and uniform in school premises and the use of private books by schools.
“We thought the issue was resolved on Monday but the parents approached us and gave a representation that the girl was not allowed in school on Tuesday. I have asked the district inspector of schools to issue a notice to the school and make a visit on Wednesday to look into the issue so that the girl’s studies are not affected,” said Nidhi Kesarwani, district magistrate, Ghaziabad.
DPSGV principal Dharmender Goyal did not respond to repeated calls and text messages.
“In 2015, the school asked me to take back protests and dissolve the association. They issued me a show cause notice in June. I complained to the joint director (education) at Meerut and he ordered the school that the child’s education should not be hampered. My daughter is under severe stress by the arm twisting and coercive tactics used by the school,” Neeraj Bhatnagar said.
“They dispatched the TC through post stating ‘the show-cause notice issued to me as reason behind the TC,’ ruining my daughter’s prospects of studying in any other school. I protested and took action within the legal ambit and my constitutional rights. If I was wrong, the school should have taken legal action against me,” Bhatnagar added.
After the issuance of TC, the girl was allowed inside the school on Monday only after police’s intervention. “They allowed her inside after taking an undertaking that her father would not interact with the school. My wife gave the undertaking as we had no option. Later in evening, they called us saying that my daughter should not visit the school further,” he said.
When the parents and the association members again went to the school on Tuesday, the girl was not allowed inside. After which they approached the DM, Ghaziabad.