HE PARENTS OF THE STUDENT HAVE BEEN LOCKED IN A LEGAL BATTLE WITH THE SCHOOL OVER FEE HIKE
GURUGRAM: In response to a request of the Haryana State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (HSCPR), Panchkula, the district education department has sent a notice to Shiv Nadar School, asking it to reinstate a student, whose name had been struck off the rolls for non-payment of fees.
Additionally, the notice states that a recent undertaking taken by the school from some parents asking them to clear all dues and withdraw legal cases against it was wrong, and the school should explain its actions in writing by May 16.
The parents of the dismissed student are among the set of parents who have filed a case in the Punjab and Haryana High Court in a case of illegal fee hike case. Parents of at least 22 children of Shiv Nadar School have been locked in a legal battle with the school in a case concerning fee hike for the academic year 2017-18.
Shiv Nadar school administrators said that the school had taken off the names of the students only after sending multiple reminders to the parents.
“The undertaking that the school has taken from the parents is wrong as per the HSCPR. As directed by the HSCPR, you should explain your position as to why such a step was taken by you. Additionally, you are also directed to reinstate the student with immediate effect,” stated the letter issued to the school by the education department on Tuesday.
An HSCPR member had met the district education officer (DEO), Premlata Yadav, on May 9 and following the meeting the HSPCR had observed that “An undertaking was given to the parents by the school authorities to agreeing to their terms forcibly which is against laws.” The undertaking issued to the protesting parents had asked them to withdraw all complaints against filed against various authorities including the Fees and Fund Regulatory Committee, CBSE, IT Department among others. While 16 parents had signed the undertaking, Jitesh Sehgal, father of Rishaan Sehgal who was suspended, had not signed it or collected a transfer certificate from the school, after which his son’s name was struck off the rolls.
The HSCPR also requested the DEO to issue a show cause notice to the school and seek an explanation from it as to why the school had not followed the provisions of the Right to Education Act. Acting on the directions of the HSCPR, the department has now sought a response from the school in the matter. “We had a meeting with HSCPR members last week. The department has sent a notice to the school and asked it to reinstate the student.” said Yadav.
Jitesh Sehgal, father of suspended student Rishaan Sehgal, said that the order for reinstatement was a moral victory for all protesting parents.“the right to education of my child was violated by the illegal act of expelling my child. I will continue to be the petitioner in the Punjab and Haryana High Court in the original case.this is an illegal act and school must now bear the consequences of their actions,”
“Earlier in March 2019, Shiv Nadar School took off the names of 31 students from its rolls due to non-payment of fee. This was done after the school sent repeated requests to the parents to pay the fee for the last quarter of academic year 2018-19. On March 14, the school sent the final reminder to clear all dues bymarch18. Theschoolhadalso informed the district education authorities about its decision to suspend the defaulters. This difficult action was taken to respect the contribution of the other parents who have complied with the school fee hike,” said Col. Gopal Karunakaran, CEO, Shiv Nadar School.