Panvel schools threatens to sue parents if they don’t pay hiked feesUpdated: May 21, 2017 01:20 IST
A Panvel school sent a legal notice to parents, who are against the fee hike and haven’t paid the revised fee, threatening to sue them if they don’t.
Arun Rane, one of those who received the notice, said it stated that he owes the school pending fees of Rs 5,760, which he has not paid despite nine reminders. The notice said if he doesn’t clear the dues within a week, the school will take stern legal action against him.
The notice added that the school doesn’t get any kind of aid from the government or any other semi-government bodies. “The school has to satisfy its requirement of land and school building, salaries of administrative staff as well as teaching and non-teaching staff exclusively from the fees collected from the students. For this reason, collection of fee from the student is very significant,” reads the notice.
However, the parents said that the fee dispute between the school and parents is going on. “The divisional fee regulatory committee is hearing our case, the next hearing is in June, so we are taken aback by this action taken by the school,” said Rane.
He added that in the past the school had refused to hand over mark sheets to students during the result announcement. “After we pressurised them, the school authorities wrote down the students’ marks on a piece of paper and they didn’t give us official mark sheets,” said Rane.
Despite repeated attempts to contact, the school authorities remained unavailable for comment.