Parents of children studying in Presidium School, Indirapuram, today met the SSP with a demand to lodge an FIR against the school authorities for issuing transfer certificates, or TCs, to their wards for not paying annual and development charges. The school had, over the past few months, issued TCs to 34 students.
In a recent letter, Raj Singh Yadav, District Inspector of Schools (DIOS), Ghaziabad, told the school that issuing TCs in the middle of the academic year went against student welfare. He also asked the school to reconsider the decision and hold a meeting with parents to sort out the issue, and also to submit a report to the DIOS’ office to facilitate further action.
However, following today’s meeting, the SSP redirected the matter to the Indirapuram police station, and parents once again reached the station with a demand for an FIR. A meeting was held between the police, the agitated parents and representatives of the school. Although the police suggested that the matter be solved by mutual agreement, parents maintained that nothing would come of any such meeting if they did not pay up.
“The school is arm twisting us into paying the annual and development charges. The management told us that it would only let the kids resume school if the charged are paid,” said a parent.
Speaking to City Spidey, Smriti Nanda, zonal head, Presidium, said that the school had made no change in its stance regarding the TCs. “The TCs will be revoked only if the parents pay up. This money is required to run the school,” she said.
However, the parents have planned to meet the SSP again tomorrow. They had also planned a protest and a sit-in against the school but they had to be cancelled due to the imposition of Section 144 in the city due to the Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh conviction.
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