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Two school officials booked for ‘confining’ two girl students

A police inquiry found that the girls were detained allegedly over non-payment of fees.

noida Updated: Aug 28, 2018 04:11 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times, Noida
Two officials of the GD Goenka Public School, Raj Nagar Extension, were booked. The school has denied all allegations.

The Ghaziabad police have lodged a first information report (FIR) against two officials of the GD Goenka Public School, Raj Nagar Extension, for the wrongful confinement of two girl students of class 6 and class 12 on August 20.

The police said its inquiry, prima facie, found that the two students faced harassment.

Vaibhav Krishna, senior superintendent of police, said an inquiry was ordered after the mother of the two girls forwarded a complaint to the Sihani Gate police station.

“We found that the girls faced harassment and the issue was related to the payment of fees. We have lodged an FIR against the principal and the administration in-charge of the school. An investigation is under way,” the SSP said.

According to the mother of the two students, her daughters were not allowed to enter the school on August 20 and, thereafter, were not allowed to enter the class.

“The school officials made them sit in a separate room from 7am to 4pm. Despite calls, they did not allow my daughters to board the cab and they asked me to come to school. After I reached the school around 3.15pm, they handed over my daughters to me around 4pm. That was only after I sought police help and members of the parents’ association also came to my aid,” she said.

She said the issue started after she refused to pay the “ambiguous” annual charges, which the district officials had asked the school to put on hold in one of their previous orders.

The FIR mentions the name of school principal Vandana Midha and administration in-charge Vibha.

The principal could not be contacted despite repeated attempts. However, one of the school coordinators later responded on behalf of the school and denied allegations of harassment by the school authorities.

“The two students have not paid a part of the fee, which totals to nearly Rs 1.5 lakh. This amount has been pending for past the two-and-half years. There has been no payment for the current session as well. The children that day had not come by cab and, hence, we did not send them back when the cab driver arrived in the afternoon,” the coordinator said.

“We were also told by the mother that she was in Gurugram but we have her recorded conversations with one of our wing in-charge. She lodged a complaint against the school at the office of the district inspector of schools. When she arrived, we handed over the children to her. They have been attending the school since the next day,” she said.

In May, the members of the parents’ association had met the district officials and raised the issue of schools charging a fee of their own calculations after the UP government introduced The Uttar Pradesh Self-financed Independent Schools (Fixation of Fee) Ordinance, 2018.

“The ordinance provides that any grievance is to be handled by the committee which is headed by the divisional commissioner. The parents and the schools should approach the committee for resolution. In the meantime, the schools have also been asked not to harass anyone and should report the pending issue before the committee,” Sunil Kumar, additional district magistrate (finance & revenue), said.

First Published: Aug 28, 2018 04:11 IST