With education authorities and police officials stating that they have no jurisdiction to take action, parents of the Tree House playschools are a worried lot as they don’t know whom to turn for help. “Both the education department and the police are not helping us. Where do we go now? I am losing all my hopes. We will wait for the next two days for a response or else we will go to consumers’ forum,” said Binita Mehta, one of the parents.
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Another parent Madhu Jain said that no one from the school management is entertaining their queries. “We are tired now. I don’t understand why the school started in the month of June if they had such crucial financial problems,” she said.
With hopes running low, parents have started contacting other playschools in the city for admissions. “For an entire day, I was out searching another playschool for my child. Most playschools are demanding that we pay for the entire year and the one place which agreed to take term fees is charging Rs 15,000. I am really frustrated and feel we are suffering for no mistake,” said Prajakta Kulkarni, another parent.
Meanwhile, other solutions are being sought as well. Chaitrali Sawant, a teaching faculty at Bibvewadi branch said a meeting took place on Saturday where the principal of the nearby high school visited the branch along with a local corporator and officer of education board of Pune Municipal Corporation. “The principal assured us that the teachers will be paid their due salaries. The corporator also gave similar assurance. She also said the rent and electricity bills will be paid,” said Sawant.