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Private schools harassing RTE students

Private schools harassing RTE students

TNN Jul 9, 2013, 04.53AM IST

MADURAI: While the government is trying to strictly implement the Right to Education (RTE) Act this year, private matriculation schools in Usilampatti are allegedly harassing the students admitted under the Act.
Parents allege that the school managements are forcing the students to pay their fees on a par with other students. They say the schools, which were barred from demanding fees from students admitted under the RTE Act, have now started to demand the fees, including those for the last year. As the parents are not ready to pay the fees, their wards face discrimination and harassment at schools, the parents allege.
"For the last few days we are not allowed to participate in prayer meetings in the mornings. We are forced to stay outside the school gate and watch the prayer proceedings. We would be often forced to stay outside the classes under the scorching sun till noon for not paying the fees. Occasionally, we have to kneel down outside the class while our friends are sitting on chairs inside the class," said Magesh (name changed), a class one boy studying at a private matriculation school in Usilampatti.
About 20 students from two private matriculation schools in Usilampatti filed complaints against their schools when the new Madurai district collector, L Subramanian, held his first ever weekly grievance day meeting on Sunday. In their petition, the students urged the collector to take action against the schools for showing partiality and forcing them to pay the fees.
M Pandian, the representative of the parents, said that the schools were not ready to admit their children under the RTE quota when they approached them last year. "We took the issue to the notice of inspector of matriculation school (IMS). The schools admitted our children only after the IMS intervened," he said.
"The schools remained silent for one year without demanding any fees. But now they have started demanding the fees, including those for the last academic year. School managements say that we are not coming under RTE quota since government is implementing it only from this year," M Muthu, another parent, said.
The collector assured the parents that he would look into the issue.

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