Parents of students studying at Parle Tilak Vidyalaya ICSE School want the education inspector to take action against the school for a bizarre decision that the principal of the school has allegedly taken in a recent Parents Teacher Association’s (PTA) executive committee meeting. According to some parents, the principal of the school has decided that if a student is absent on the last day before the vacation starts and on the first day after it ends, he or she will be expelled from the school.
Some of the parents said that the school, instead of re-opening on November 18, started on November 15 this year. The sports day was held a day after the school re-opened. But no clear instructions were given on the re-opening of the school. A parent, on condition of anonymity, said, “When the school started on November 15, the principal called an executive committee meeting, where hardly three members were present.
There, the principal passed three resolutions and the third was that if a student doesn’t come to work on the last day before the vacation starts and on the first day after it ends, the student will be sent a leaving certificate at home by courier. The student will then have to seek re-admission. The principal also announced that in school because of which the students are really scared. Parents are unable to approach the school authorities as they are not communicating with us.”
However, S Nadkarni, general secretary, Parent Teachers Association, denied the allegation and said that no such resolution had been passed. “No such resolution has been passed. It was just a discussion about the low turn-out of students on the sports day,” he told SUNDAY MiD DAY.
Snehalata Deshmukh, member, advisory board of Parle Tilak Vidyalaya Association, said, “No such warning has been given to the students. It’s just a matter of discipline that children must attend the sports.” When approached, Arundhati Chavan, President of the PTA United Forum, said, “Some of the parents approached me. They alleged that the principal had passed such a resolution. Threatening children with an announcement of this kind is not the right thing. No principal can remove the child from the school, according to the Right to Education. The child cannot be deprived of education just for being absent for some reason in school.”
Education Inspector Prakash Bagul said, “If I receive any such complaint from parents of the school, I will definitely look into the matter.”