Remove negative remark from child’s certificate: Rights panel

According to the student’s parents,the LC says that the “parents of this child have defamed the school”.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: August 14, 2013 12:45 am

The Maharashtra State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (MSCPCR) has directed Antonio Da Silva School in Dadar to remove a negative remark from a seven-year-old child’s school leaving certificate (LC),as the matter was subjudice and the allegations are yet to be proven. The school had filed a Rs 1 crore defamation suit against the parents in a civil court after they filed a case of corporal punishment against a teacher.

According to the student’s parents,the LC says that the “parents of this child have defamed the school”. After receiving a copy of the LC,the parents had registered an FIR at the Shivaji Park Police station in June.

“The issue is there in the court now and it is yet to be proved that the parents had defamed the school. You will have to remove it (the remark from the LC),” observed the commission.

Parents of a student of Antonio Da Silva School in Dadar,who was allegedly subjected to corporal punishment,had written to the commission about a negative remark given by the school in the child’s LC. The parents had alleged that the student was being refused admission at other schools due to the negative remark.

The case of corporal punishment was exposed in March,when the parents had filed a complaint against a teacher alleging that she had chained and paraded their son along with two other classmates in the school premises. The child was also made to clean toilets. Later the teacher had beaten up the child,the parents alleged.

The parents then registered an FIR at the Shivaji Park Police station and also approached the commission. In June,Prakash Gandhi,the child’s father,wanted the LC in order to admit him to another school. However,the school issued the LC with the remark on it.

“We are very happy with the commission’s order. The school has been asked to issue a fresh certificate. Owing to this negative remark,my son was denied admission at two schools. He has,however,got admission in a Dadar school in class II. Inspite of being at fault,the school put negative remarks on my son’s leaving certificate to jeopardise his career. It was a shocking behaviour on their part,” said Gandhi.

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