Mumbai: Siblings thrown out of school for failure to pay hiked fees
In reaction to the injustice, the parents have launched a dharna in front of the Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation's office
In a case highlighting deficiencies in the educational system, a brother and sister duo was thrown out of their school in Mira Road, as the students' parents failed to pay the hiked fees. Despite having obtained relief from the Deputy Director of Education, the students have not been re-enrolled in the school.
In reaction to the injustice, the parents have launched a dharna in front of the Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation's office. Meanwhile, the Cosmopolitan High School, where the boy and girl were admitted in class 1 and class 3 respectively, has not issued an official response.
A report in the Hindustan Times quotes the children's mother Nishad as having said, "The fee has been hiked by 52%. From a monthly Rs950, it has increased to Rs1,350. I was not ready to pay the hiked fees. My husband works in a garment shop in Malad and it is anyway difficult to make ends meet."
She is reported to have added, "We approached Dr B B Chavan, Deputy Director of Education, Charni Road, and he ordered the school to reinstate my two children, as it is a violation of the Right to Education Act, 2009, on October 26 and again on November 13.'
As per the norms provided in the Right to education act, both Ayesha and Asif Shaikh are entitled to free and compulsory education till the age of 14 years, anywhere in the country.
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