January 13, 2010

Niraj Public School justifies its stand

HYDERABAD: Management of the Niraj Public School on Monday sought to justify its stance in asking the litigant parents to remove their children from the school. Principal B. Jivitesh Reddy termed the protest by the parents’ association as ‘wanton harassment’ and said the association contained parents of only 120 of the total 1,260 children.

Citing the writ petitions filed by the association in the High Court, he said the High Court disposed of the petition in favour of the school, upon which the parents filed an appeal. “The management has had enough of this wanton harassment and decided not to admit the students of the Parents’ Association in the ensuing academic year in June 2010,” Mr. Reddy said, adding that the parents were given enough time to ensure future education of their wards elsewhere.

‘Cancel recognition’
The Andhra Pradesh Teachers’ Federation has demanded the withdrawal of recognition of Niraj Public School and other private schools, which had submitted notices to parents who have refused to pay the hiked fees.

Niraj Public School had served a notice to parents of students who had raised their voice against the 40 per cent fee hike in the last academic year.

Pointing out that this was a violation of the child’s fundamental right to education, APTF has asked for a case to be registered against the schools ‘suo moto’ and their properties confiscated.

Further, APTF has blamed the Department of School Education officials and other public representatives for the private schools’ “irresponsible behaviour”. “The school managements feel they are free to do what they want due to their relationships with Ministers and other public officials,” the note said. APTF further said public representatives should be prevented from visiting schools.

APTF has asked the government to initiate criminal proceedings against schools, which have not submitted their proposals for fee hike to the Education Department. They asked the Collector on the action, which would be taken against the schools.

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