In a shocking development, it has come to light that the prestigious St Xavier’s Pre-Primary School illegally charged Rs 18,500 each from 30 students at the time of admission, despite these kids being inducted under the Right To Education (RTE) quota.
As per the RTE, every private school has to reserve 25 per cent seats for children from economically backward sections, and these kids must be admitted free of charge. Pune Zilla Parishad (ZP) officials, who have received complaints from citizens, say the school has asked all parents of students admitted under ‘RTE quota’ to deposit Rs 18,500, in violation of the Act.
“The school has illegally charged Rs 10,800 as education fees, Rs 2,000 as admission fees, Rs 1,800 as term charges, Rs 1,000 in the name of maintenance, and Rs 1,900 under miscellaneous costs. According to RTE, while admitting students from economically backward sections, a school should not charge a single rupee from parents,” said Popatrao Mahajan, deputy education officer of ZP.
The ZP sent a show-cause notice to the school administration yesterday. MiD DAY has access to documents that substantiate the parents’ claims. The school has even mentioned ‘RTE quota’ on the challan given to parents after depositing fees.
Despite repeated attempts, the principal of St Xavier’s Pre-Primary School did not take our calls.