Gurgaon police ends partnership with The Shri Ram School
The Gurgaon police has decided to end its partnership with the administration of The Shri Ram Police Public School, the first police-public school in the city. The Shri Ram Foundation had joined hands with the Haryana police to set up the school in Bhondsi in 2011.gurgaon Updated: Mar 22, 2017 22:25 IST
The Gurgaon police has decided to end its partnership with the administration of The Shri Ram Police Public School, the first police-public school in the city.
The Gurgaon police commissioner said that the police are looking for a new partnership. However, the end of the partnership will not hamper the education of students, he said.
A police-public school is one in which the police pools in funds, under corporate social responsibility. In turn, the school reserves 50% of the seats for the children of police personnel. The partnership was undertaken by the police to provide high-quality education to the children of the department. The monthly fee for children of the police is also lower.
The Shri Ram Foundation had joined hands with the Haryana police to set up the school in Bhondsi in 2011.
“The partnership with the foundation was not viable due to resource constraints and this arrangement is coming to an end. The school is in a transition phase and we are looking for partners. A decision in this regard will be taken by higher authorities in Chandigarh. The school was facing financial issues due to the fee cap,” Sandeep Khirwar, commissioner of police, Gurgaon, said.
“We will ensure the studies of the students will not get affected and we will make best efforts to provide the best education for them,” said Khirwar.
Parents expressed their happiness when they heard that the police will partner another school. They said that the school management often misbehaved with them as their children were getting an education at a discounted price.
Kavita Singh, the parent of a class 2 student, said, “The administration did not treat us equally. They misbehaved with us and preferred providing admission to children who did not have a police personnel as a parent.”
Parents alleged that in the six years of the partnership, they faced several issues with the school management over fees and facilities provided to the students.
Naresh Kumar, another parent, said, “We are not tensed as senior officials will ensure partnership with another school at the earliest. The new session will be a new beginning for the students. They had increased the fees after which we had met the director general of police in 2015. They had also started demanding Rs3,000 for lunch for the students, which was an extra burden for parents.”
The police have a partnership with the DAV school in Panipat, Hisar and Sonipat. Sources said that a partnership with the DAV school in Gurgaon is likely, as officials are happy with their management.
On April 21, 2015, hundreds of city police had come together against the sudden fee hike by the administration of The Shri Ram Police Public School, Bhondsi. The police and other parents had protested against the school’s idea of recovering their deficit from students by hiking the fee but there was no resolution and many parents shifted their wards to another school.
The school administration said that the issues with parents have been resolved. “There was an internal management issue which was resolved on Tuesday. Now, parents are happy,” Vaibhav Kumar, the school administrator, said.