Edu dept to act against Dadar school

The school education department of BMC is contemplating taking action against Dr Antonio Da Silva School in Dadar for writing a negative remark on the school Leaving Certificate (LC) of a Class 2 student jeopardising his academic career

Written by Dipti Sonawala | Mumbai | Published:June 17, 2013 12:54 am

The school education department of BMC is contemplating taking action against Dr Antonio Da Silva School in Dadar for writing a negative remark on the school Leaving Certificate (LC) of a Class 2 student jeopardising his academic career. The remarks section on the certificate mentions that “parents of the child have defamed the school”.

The parents of the students have filed a non-cognisable complaint against the school management with the Shivaji Park police station. However,the school has still not replaced the LC. “The school is taking revenge as we openly spoke out against corporal punishment and also filed a complaint against them. I wanted to shift my son to another school and had sought his LC. They mentioned that we defamed them. They will face action by the education department due to their own wrong doings. They purposely wrote this on my son’s LC so that no school gives him admission,” said the student’s father.

The issue came to light in March,when the parents filed a complaint against a teacher alleging that she had chained and paraded their son in the school and made him clean toilets before beating him up.”I was shocked to see the certificate. How can they jeopardise the career of a Class 2 student,despite the fact that they were at fault?” the father asked.

The education department has now decided to inspect the original copy of the LC. They will also speak to the principal before taking any action,said R R Bhise,education officer of BMC.

“Nobody has the right to harass a student in this manner. The school cannot put such a remark on a student’s Leaving Certificate. This may affect the students career as no reputed school would want to admit him,” Bhise said.

“We will inspect the certificate,speak to the school principal and trustees. First the student was subjected to corporal punishment in their school and now when he wants to leave the school they cannot harass him like this. We will decide on our next course of action soon,” he added.

However the parents are worried that in the absence of a proper LC their son would miss out on getting admission in the new academic session. “We need the certificate at the earliest. I have already approached two or three schools and they have asked me to get the remark changed,’’ said the father.

The school trustee Linea D’Souza was not available for comments.

Meanwhile the matter is pending at the Maharashtra State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (MSCPCR) which is supposed to give its final verdict on the case soon. The parents have also demanded that the school management write about this LC remark to the commission.

dipti.sonawala@expressindia.com

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