Parents of 50 students of the Presidium School in Ahinsa Khand 1 protested on Friday against the school administration for withholding results of their children due to non-payment of annual development charges.
Results of the annual end-of-term exam were published on March 13 but results of these 50 students, from kindergarten to Class 9, were withheld.
Presidium School provides education up to Class 12 and is registered with the Central Board of Secondary Education.
A meeting was arranged between the school authorities and parents after police intervention. Parents started protesting around 9am, demanding a split of the annual development charges and asked how it was being utilised to develop the school.
“If the school continues to withhold our children’s results, it will spoil their future as no school will give them admission without a report card. We have paid the tuition fees and other charges till November and have only withheld the development charges. We want them to maintain transparency and explain why this additional charge is being levied,” Shivani Jain, a parent, said.
Parents said the school charges them Rs 40,000 annually as development charges. They said they decided to protest as the school repeatedly sent them notices stating that their ward will not be allowed to study in the school if the charges are not paid.
The school management said the students will be given a transfer certificate (TC) if their parents fail to pay the charges by March 31.
“We have explained our pattern of management to the parents. There are various components of the total fees and these are used for extracurricular activities and sports. Moreover, this is not a new charge. Parents have been paying the fee for the past six years, so why are they withholding it now? If they do not pay the charges, all 50 students will be given a TC on April 1,” Manish Bagga, administrative head of Presidium School, Indirapuram, said.
The parents have also complained about the situation to the Uttar Pradesh chief minister’s office, human resource development (HRD) ministry and the CBSE in vain.