Coimbatore | Parents, outfits protest against pvt schools for ‘denying’ RTE

Coimbatore: Parents of two private schools, members of CPI and Tamil Nadu State Platform for Common Schools staged a protest outside the south taluk office on Monday evening. The parents alleged that the schools, despite intervention from the school education department, were continuing to deny their children the right to education.

Parents of Shanti Niketan School, Pollachi, alleged that the school continued to discriminate with their children for not agreeing to pay the fees demanded by the school. “We have paid the fees prescribed by the Justice Singaravelan Committee for private schools. But, the school is discriminating against my child by not providing them the private textbooks. They are also not allowed to sit in the Hindi class which is conducted between 9am and 4pm,” said a parent from Shanti Niketan.

On the other hand, a parent from Vidya Nikethan Matriculation Higher Secondary School alleged that the school was not allowing his son who studied in Class 2 to continue in the school. “My son has not attended school since the school reopened in June. They have not accepted my fees also,” said the father of the child.

School correspondent Rajini Krishnamoorthy, said, “The father has troubled the school and its teachers with his behaviour. Female teachers of the school started complaining to me about his behaviour. The school coordinator, the officials from the school education department and I have tried to settle the matter so that the child’s education is not affected but, to no avail.”

In the case of Shanti Nikethan School, the school education department initiated a probe into the allegations leveled by the parents against the school. A committee headed by chief education officer N Arul Murugan had found the school guilty of discriminating against the children. Arul Murugan was not available for comment.

Protesting along with the parents, general secretary of State Platform for Common Schools Prince Gajendra Babu, said, “In the case of Vidya Nikethan School, there is a case filed in the court. And, if the court finds the father guilty of the allegations leveled by the school, then action will be taken accordingly. But, the school should think about allowing the child to continue his education.”

He added, “In Shanti Niketan School case, we are alarmed by the lethargy of the school education department in failing to implement the Right to Education Act.”

Source: The Times of India

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