PMC notice: e-classes for all, a must
PMC has now issued a circular and started sending notices to schools stopping students from attending online classesUpdated: Oct 24, 2020, 17:16 IST
The issue of students being allowed to attend online classes being linked to the payment of school fees has once again been raised by parent groups in the city. If the fees have not been paid, then students are being denied the online connection to attend classes or appear for exams, parents alleged on Friday.
Taking congnisance of the parents’ demands, the Pune Municipal Corporation’s (PMC) education officer, Meenakshi Raut, has now issued a circular and started sending notices to schools stopping students from attending online classes.
“As the Covid-19 pandemic is there currently online education is going on in the schools and we are getting complaints from parents about students being stopped from attending online classes due to fees. School administration and parents should take an independent discussion on school payment issues, but in any case the education of the students should not be stopped. And if the school doesn’t do so, then we will have to consult with our higher officials for taking legal action against the school,” said the circular issued by the PMC education department.
“Many schools in Pune are pressuring parents for fees. They are also denying children’s online education, denying passwords and sending out school leaving certificates directly. In this regard, school parents, as well as parent-teacher executive committees have lodged complaints with the education department. We are demanding immediate action against such schools as per the new circular and instructions of the high court and further request you to bring this information to the notice of the court, otherwise it will be a case contempt of court,” said Mukund Kirdat, coordinator, Pune Parents United.
During a hearing in the Bombay High Court on October 14, regarding fees during the pandemic, the court had asked the government to bring the matters of coercive action by schools, if any, to the notice of the court.
If the schools are not providing online education or expel the child for non-payment of fees or take any other action, it will be in contempt of court.
According to the court, education authorities now have to take “administrative and criminal” action and report it to the court.
“In the circular issued by the Deputy Director of Education on October 13 it is clearly stated that, if the online education or the other rights of education are denied to child by any schools for reason of non-payment of school fees or other reasons which are not related to child, it will be responsibility of district education officer to take action against such schools. The district education officer should take action against those who violate the order. It has also directed all the district education officers not to deny the child right of education. Issues of payments of fees should be dealt legally separately with parents,” added Kirdat.