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Presidium School agrees to hold extra charges issue till March

The officials from the school said that they agreed to the agreement to ensure that studies of children do not get affected during the mid session.

noida Updated: Sep 13, 2017 22:02 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times
Presidium School,Ghaziabad,additional district magistrate
Parents had been on a week long protest outside Presidium School, Indirapuram in Ghaziabad.(Sakib Ali/HT PHOTO)

The stalemate between the parents and the authorities of the Presidium School, Indirapuram, came to an end after both sides agreed that the contentious issues of ‘Annual charge & development charge’ be put on hold till March 31, 2018, while the other components of the pending fees will be paid by parents.

The school authorities had issued transfer certificates (TCs) to 46 students whose parents had not paid fees. While parents of 27 students cleared their dues payable to the school and were readmitted, owing to non payment of some fee components by the parents of the remaining 19 students, the deadlock continued.

Following the decision, the school allowed the remaining 19 students, who were issued TCs, to attend the classes. The decision was taken at a meeting held between the parents and school officials at the district headquarters on Tuesday. Rajesh Kumar Yadav, additional district magistrate (finance & revenue), who mediated between the two groups, said the decision was in favour of 19 students who were issued TCs by the school earlier.

“Both sides were willing to discuss the issue in order to prevent any loss of academic studies of the 19 children. There were a total of 46 students who were issued TCs. The terms agreed upon will be applicable to 19 students whose parents had not paid the annual charge & development charge,” Yadav said.

“The charges under these two heads will be on hold till March 31, 2018. In between, if there is any direction by the high court or the state government, both sides will abide. It is an interim arrangement and achieved to ensure that studies of the children are not affected,” he added.

The parents had been on a week long protest outside the school premises and were demanding rolling back of TCs issued to the students. The protests also saw intervention from leaders of political parties and activists. The administration officials said the divisional commissioner (Meerut) Dr Prabhat Kumar had also written to Ghaziabad district administration to intervene and end the stalemate.

“The 19 students went to school on Wednesday and also attended their exams. As per the decision arrived, we will pay the other components of the fees and expecting a decision by the state government or through my petition filed before the high court in this regard. Ghaziabad MP General VK Singh (retired) had also intervened and helped parents. The other parents have already deposited the fees,” said Atul Srivastava, one of the parents who had filed a petition in Allahabad high court.

The officials from the school said that they agreed to the agreement to ensure that studies of children do not get affected during the mid session.

“It is applicable only to 19 students while the rest of the parents have paid up. We agreed so that students don’t lose upon studies in mid session,” said GS Matharoo, CEO of the Presidium School.

On Srivastava’s petition, the high court has issued notices to respondents, including the school, and has directed for a hearing scheduled on September 20.

First Published: Sep 13, 2017 22:02 IST