Parent warns of indefinite hunger strike after school holds ward's report card

ST Correspondent
Saturday, 5 May 2018

Pune: Matin Mujawar, education activist of Shikshan Hakka Manch has started a fight against St Anne's School in Camp for withholding his daughter's (who is in Std VIII) report card for the third time for not paying the capitation fees dictated by the school.

Pune: Matin Mujawar, education activist of Shikshan Hakka Manch has started a fight against St Anne's School in Camp for withholding his daughter's (who is in Std VIII) report card for the third time for not paying the capitation fees dictated by the school.

Mujawar said he is going to start an indefinite hunger strike from May 7, if no action is taken against the school until then.
While the fee of the school is Rs 14,000, which sounds meagre compared to fees of private schools, Mujawar says the school being a 100 per cent aided school, the management cannot charge any capitation fees from the student.

“This is nothing but mental harassment of my child. While I have challenged the school, they still keep humiliating my daughter by asking for fees, writing notes in her diary. They have held her report card, which is actually against the law, which states that a student's report card should never be held back because of non-payment of fees,” Mujawar said.

He dded that despite filing complaints with the education director, primary and secondary, no action has been taken against the school so far. “In a letter signed by Dinkar Temkar, Deputy Director of Education, Pune region, dated February 28, 2018, he has clearly stated that the Zilla Parishad Education Department needs to probe into the issue, and take adequate action. Yet no development has taken place in the matter,” Mujawar stated.

Despite several attempts, the school principal could not be reached for comments on the same.

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