The students were allegedly expelled from the school on August 30 for non-payment of school fees.(HT File photo/ (Representative image))
The students were allegedly expelled from the school on August 30 for non-payment of school fees.(HT File photo/ (Representative image))

4 Dalit boys expelled from UP school for not paying fees, probe ordered

Father along with his four kids staged a demonstration, first outside the school and then at the Siddharthnagar DM’s office, seeking action against school administration.
By HT Correspondent | Lucknow, Gorakhpur
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2019 12:34 PM IST

A Dalit man has alleged that his four sons were expelled from a school for not paying fees in Shohratgarh area of Siddharthanagar district last month.

Subdivisional magistrate Anil Kumar has ordered a probe into the matter, officials said. He met the man and the children, assuring them of all possible help.

Uttar Pradesh basic education minister Satish Dwivedi said action will be taken against the school if the charges were found to be true.

“I have asked the DM to enquire about issue and share the report with me. If the school is found guilty, action will be taken against it,” he said.

The man and the four kids staged a demonstration, first outside the school and then at the Siddharthnagar DM’s office on Thursday, seeking action against school administration.

The children were students of Saraswati Shishu Mandir, Shohratgarh. They were allegedly expelled on August 30 .

Despite repeated attempts to reach them, the school authorities were not available for comment.

The children’s father said, “On August 30, somebody told me my four sons were standing outside the school gate and the younger one was crying. When I rushed to school, the children told me that the principal had ousted them as their fees were not deposited. When I went to meet the principal, he hurled abuses at me and passed casteist remarks. He asked, ‘why do I send my children (to school) when I do not have enough money to deposit fees’.”

SDM Anil Kumar said, “The matter has come to our notice. I can’t say much as the probe is underway. Also, the man has been given choice of five other schools where his children can be admitted.”

(The story has been published from a wire feed without any modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.)

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