Some parents of students studying at Lilavatibai Podar School, Santacruz (East), have approached NGO Forum for Fairness in Education (FFE), alleging that the school management was trying to forcibly detain their wards in the same class, citing that their academic performance was not according to the “standard of the school”.
The school, however, refuted the same saying it was their usual practice before the exams, where they told parents about their child’s performance, and that they were not detaining any student.
The parents in their complaint to FFE said, “The exams are scheduled in the last week of February and the school management informs us now that the performance of our children are not up to their standards. There are over 60 such students from different classes who the school wants to detain in the same class. The school management is being unfair to us and have not been responding to our request to meet them.”
Norina Fernandes, principal of the school, said, “This is our usual practice where we call parents of students, who are weak in studies or have not done well throughout the year, before the final exams. We cannot detain any student between Class I to Class VII in the same class as we do not want to flout the norms of the Right to Education (RTE) Act.”