For a state whose deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal donated Rs 1 crore to his alma mater, Lawrence School, Sanawar, it is a little perplexing that the government school opposite his private residence is 'charging donations' from its alumni.
Government Senior Secondary School at Badal village in Muktsar is charging charge 'Development Funds' from its unemployed alumni, who visit the school to the photocopies of their certificates arrested.
Rutash Kumar passed +2 from school in 2009 and was taken aback when asked to pay Rs 100 for getting their certificates attested from the school principal. He wants to apply for the job of a peon. His friend Naresh Kumar, wanting to apply for a clerk's post, was also surprised and objected to the forced donation.
They were then told to deposit Rs 50 each as part of the 'School Development Fund'. "I will like to make a donation for my school, after I start earning. This is sheer exploitation and needs to be stopped," said Rutash Kumar.
"The school management committee has passed a resolution, permitting us to ask visitors with official work with the school to donate, according to their capacity. A record is kept of all the money received. We use this donation to meet the financial requirements of the school," said principal Gurjant Singh.
He also confirmed that the two applicants had volunteered to 'pay Rs 50 each.