NCPCR calls for action against Amanora School

ST CORRESPONDENT
Friday, 5 April 2019

The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has taken cognisance of Pune-based Amanora School recently expelling 480 students over fee hike issues. 

Pune: The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has taken cognisance of Pune-based Amanora School recently expelling 480 students over fee hike issues. 

The Commission, headquartered in New Delhi, stated that the school has violated the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009.

A letter stating the same has been sent to Deputy Director of Education, Pune. The NCPCR stated that the commission has taken cognisance of this incident under section 13 (No capitation fee and screening procedure for admission), section 16 (No child admitted in a school shall be held back in any class or expelled from school till the completion of elementary education) and section 17 (Prohibition of physical punishment and mental harassment to child) of RTE Act, 2009. 

“It may be ensured that the required action is taken without any delay and the safety of the victim children is ensured. A factual action taken report be sent in consultation with the complainant. It is also informed that the name and identity of the complainant /child must not be disclosed under any circumstances,” said Senior Consultant of NCPCR, Raman Gauf in the letter sent to the Deputy Director of Education.

The commission has also demanded that the report be submitted in seven days.

Amanora School’s response

  • “The issue was about non-payment of fees and fee hike is an allegation claimed by parents. We had transferred 278 students whose parents had not paid the fees for 2017-18, 2018-19 full or partially.Out of these, 98 parents have now cleared their payment of fees and the students have been re-admitted. However, we don’t know from where the 480 number has been stated in the NCPCR letter,” said Vikram Deshmukh, spokesperson of Amanora School, located in Hadapsar.
  • “We will definitely respond to the Deputy Director of Education, whenever they approach us to investigate the matter and seek clarification,” said Deshmukh.

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