FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
Itagar, June 20: In a shocking revelation, the Balijan Circle Youth Association (BCYA) has alleged violation of the Right to Education (RTE) Act by the principal and school magement committee of Balijan Government H S School of charging exorbitant fees from the students in the me of development fund.
“In connivance with so-called school magement committee (SMC) the Balijan GHHSS principal is charging exorbitant fees from the students on the pretext of admission for the current academic session 2016-17 which is a clear violation of laid down guidelines of Right to Education (RTE) Act especially, for education of girls child,” a statement from BCYA president Kuru Joram said here today.
“There is a nexus in between the school authority and vested interest groups (SMC) to extract and misappropriate stipend meant for poor students who could not afford huge expenses incurred in private schools for elementary or higher studies. In the me of admission, the mentioned school’s principal and SMC are charging Rs 400/- and Rs 550/- for development fund and admission fee respectively. This has imposed an extra fincial burden on the poor parents of the students who have no other option other than sending their children to other government schools,” the union added.
Also alleging that the new school magement committee (SMC) was reconstituted without prior notification and intimation, the BCYA stated that selected persons/ guardians were invited in a private building where the said SMC was formed without any consent from the majority.
It also added that though the school had issued an admission form on June 2 last through notification with the last date of submitting the form being June 15, there was no mention of Aadhar Card requirement initially, but abruptly on June 15 last an instant a new form of seeking fincial assistance (stipend) was issued against the previous one.
“Interestingly an extra space is created seeking Aadhar card number along with SBI bank A/c details. Those students who have not filled the Aadhar card number in the new issued form where summarily rejected on the condition that the submission of stipend form (Fincial Assistance) is over,” BCYA informed.
Further questioning on why the authority concern had not mentioned the requirement of Aadhar card at the time of issuance of admission form or before the last date of form submission, the association also questioned on why the authority concerned had changed the form and issued a new form by adding aadhar card requirement in the eleventh hour. Appealing the authority concerned to extend the last date of stipend form submission to June 30 next and transfer of the principal with immediate effect, the BCYA threatened of a democratic movement if its demand is not met within a month.