Nagpur: With the beginning of fresh educational session, there has been a spate of woes reportedly being faced by the parents. thanks to the high handedness and commercial activities being carried out by many English medium private schools. As the complaints regarding inflated fees and sale of books and uniforms at the school premises pile up at the education department office, a public discussion was held to throw light on the series of such activities prevalant in these schools. The discussion, thrown open under Chief Ministers ‘Mitra Abhiyaan’ was attended by the officials of many organisations, principals of few private schools, pointed out the anomalies at these schools.
The issue of recognition of many schools was also brought to the fore and to check the non-recognized schools, the lists of both State Board and CBSE schools have been summoned. Those functioning without any recognition would be taken to task. The CBSE schools claiming recognition from class 1 to 8 would also be looked into.
The education department has decided to take stern action against the schools misinforming the parents and indulging in extracting undue money from them.
During the meeting the Deputy Director Education Anil Pardhi and Education Volunteer NG Ganar informed that a committee will be also formed to conduct surprise checks on the availability of water, cleanliness and nutritious food as per the strength of the schools.
Moreover, the parents facing the exorbitant fee hike by the schools can complain the matter to Divisional Fee Regulatory Committee, Pune. This apart the sexual or mental harassment of children can be reported at Child Protection Department.
MLA Prakash Gajbhiye, who was also present at the session, demanded that a centralised admission process should be brought into existence at the earliest in order to keep a check on admission process in private schools. A district level committee should also be formed to monitor these activities, he added.
Those present in the meeting included Nagrare, District’s Mitra Chandrabhan Kolte, Nilesh Nagolkar, Dr Ashish Atloye, President of District Consumer Justice Committee Amit Heda, District Child Protection Officer Mushtaq Pathan and RTE Action Committee President Shahid Shareef.