Child rights panel wants action against 9 schools

Child rights panel wants action against 9 schools

Child rights panel wants action against 9 schoolsAHMEDABAD: In a first, the Gujarat State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (GSCPCR) directed the social welfare department to act against nine erring schools under the Juvenile Justice Act, for handing leaving certificates to students, allegedly over the activism of their parents over the fee regulation issue.
Accordingly, police complaints will be filed against nine schools in Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat and Rajkot, who had given students LCs and forced them out of the school.
Jagruti Pandya, chairperson of the commission, told TOI: “We had received several complaints about children being given leaving certificates for their parents’ behaviour. After hearing the cases, we instructed the social welfare department and the education department to take action against the erring schools under the Juvenile Justice Act. Section 75 of the act has a provision for imprisonment and fines of up to Rs 3 lakhs.”
The All Gujarat Vali Mandal had shot off a letter to the commission, alleging that self-financed schools were threatening them and issuing LCs to the wards of many parents. The parents’ association also alleged that when they filed complaints against the schools, the DEO office did not taken any action. “Schools have issued LCs to children of parents who raised their voices on the fee issue. Schools forced parents to pay higher fees, which were not even approved by the fee regulatory committee,” said functionary of the All Gujarat Vali Mandal.

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