Pune’s Lordds school students miss exam after teacher makes them stand out of class over fees due
Yash, Vishwesh and Lokesh, siblings and students of Class 3, Class 6 and Class 8 respectively, were barred by the teachers from entering the classroom where the oral examination was being conducted.pune Updated: Feb 05, 2018 22:31 IST
Three students of Lordds school at Navi Sangvi were asked to stand out of their classrooms on Saturday for failing to pay their fees on time, due to which the said students could not appear for an exam.
Yash, Vishwesh and Lokesh, siblings and students of Class 3, Class 6 and Class 8 respectively, were barred by the teachers from entering the classroom where the oral examination was being conducted.
“I helped my children join a private school, even though the fees was quite high, because I wanted them to have a bright future. The school officials have been repeatedly calling us and reminding us of the fees due. On Saturday, the teachers asked them to stay out of the classroom and later sent them home due to the fees due,” said Surendra Sathe, father of the three students.
Sathe said that the school management had asked him to clear all the dues but because of the medical expenses he incurred due to the ailments of his son Lokesh and his mother, who has been suffering from cancer, there was a delay in the fee payment.
“I didn’t expect them to take such an extreme action and not allow my children to attend class,” said Sathe, adding that he had requested the school management to give him the provision to pay the dues through regular instalments, which the school management vetoed. “I even told them that I will pay the fees by taking a loan. But the school management was not even ready to listen to my plea,” he added.
Lordds School principal,Genny Maridas, said,“For the past three years, Sathe has been consistently buying time for paying fees but has always failed to do so. We have given him enough time as we also have a lot of expenses, including the salary of the people who work here.”
The administration, while taking the cognisance of the case, said they will get the relevant information from the school authorities and then take a decision.“First, we have to check whether the school owner has the required permissions or whether the school is affiliated to any board. On Tuesday, we will visit the school and sort out the issue. As far as my opinion is concerned, no student should be made to stand out of the class because of their fees due,” said education officer BS Awari.