No fees? No results: Mumbai school withholds marksheets of more than 1,000 students

On Saturday, parents of over a thousand students from St Xavier's High School in Goregaon East gathered in the premises demanding their wards' examination results. The school has allegedly withheld results of these students following a management-versus-parents brawl over a proposed fee hike. A court case over this dispute is pending in the Bombay High Court.

Parents demand the declaration of exam results at St Xavier's School on Saturday
Parents demand the declaration of exam results at St Xavier's School on Saturday

The results were supposed to be declared during a three-day open house, which concluded yesterday. Some of these parents were given the results verbally, and asked to sign on a register. None received the marksheets.

Two years ago, the school hiked the fees to Rs 1,350 per month across all standards without a nod from the Parent Teacher Association (PTA). Following this, parents moved the Sessions Court which declared the fee hike inappropriate.

Then, the school moved the High Court, where the case is pending. A parent, whose daughter studies in Class III, said, "Since last year, we have been paying R835 — an amount decided legally after the intervention of government authorities — as monthly fees. However, this year again, the fees has been hiked to Rs 1,735."

On Friday, Education Minister Prakash Charate issued a notice stating that the school cannot demand increased fees. He said, "Schools have been instructed regarding this and yet we continue to receive complaints."

When mid-day contacted the school, the staff refused to transfer the call to the principal, stating they would revert with a comment. However, there was no response from school authorities later.

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