- Complaint against Swami Sivanand Memorial School of Punjabi Bagh
- Parents said – school administration is arbitrarily charging extra fees from students
- After the complaints, the Delhi government constituted an inquiry committee into the matter.
The Delhi government has taken action against the school after the complaint of a private school by the parents in the capital. The parents had complained against the Swami Sivanand Memorial School located in Punjabi Bagh. After this the government has decided to take over the management of the school. Parents said that extra fees were being collected arbitrarily from the students by the school administration.
Willful failure, pressure of re-admission
Apart from the fees, the complaint also mentioned that the students were deliberately forced to fail and take admission in the same class again. The Delhi government says that even though it is a private school, it is a government aided school built under section 2 of the Delhi School Education Act. The school administration said that they came to know about the government’s decision only through the press.
Did not get proper answer from school
A press statement issued by the government said, “Considering the grievances of the parents, the Delhi Government constituted an inquiry committee into the matter.” The committee found inadequacies in the functioning of the school. The committee’s report stated that the issues raised by the parents regarding the school are correct. After submitting the report, the school management was given an opportunity to defend itself, but they were unable to give a proper reply regarding the discrepancies in its functioning.
First we should have told about the decision
K Ashok Rao, general secretary of Swami Sivananda Memorial Institute, the trust that runs the school, told TOI that we came to know about the takeover only through the press. The government should have informed us before the decision. This is quite an unusual thing. He had issued a notice several months ago under Section 20, which talked about taking over the school. An Inquiry Committee was constituted consisting of two members of the Managing Committee.
It is not right to increase fees
On the issue of extra fees, Rao said it was complete nonsense, as the parents of the children themselves decided that they wanted to contribute to the value addition being offered by the school. When only 65% of the parents are contributing then how can it be called a fee. He said that the value addition includes computers, sports facilities, medical facilities and other things to the children.