Updated: June 3, 2015 7:24:55 am
The Delhi education department has directed all private schools to let parents seeking admission for their children carry their mobile phones inside, so they can “collect evidence” in the form of audio and video recordings if they are asked to make donations.
“It has come to the notice of the department that some school managements of private schools are not allowing parents visiting/approaching schools for admissions, etc to enter the school premises with their mobile phones. Their mobile phones are retained at the entry gate, which causes a hindrance for parents in collecting evidence of illegal malpractices,” the circular issued by the education department on Monday states.
“All school managements of private unaided recognised schools are directed that parents must be allowed to carry mobile phones within school premises, failing which strict action will be taken against defaulter schools,” the circular adds.
A senior education department official, who did not wish to be named, said the decision was taken after receiving complaints from parents.
“The department has been receiving complaints that schools are still asking for donations, but since no mobile phones are allowed inside, parents don’t have any proof,” the official said.
The directive, however, has not gone down well with private schools.
“It is humiliating and shows the lack of trust the government has in schools. We are not robbers or thieves. We are autonomous institutions engaged for the welfare of children. If the government thinks we are not aware of our responsibilities, we will go to the court to get such regressive directions withdrawn,” said S K Bhattacharya, president of the Action Committee for Unaided Private Schools, an umbrella organisation of city schools.
“The order is distasteful and suggestive of the trust deficit in the system. Schools have been allowing parents to carry mobile phones anyway. But the question is of ethics. If schools are doing something like this, why are parents putting their children into such schools? Why is the system perpetrating such dishonesty?” said Ameeta Mulla Wattal, principal of Springdales Pusa Road and chairman of the National Progressive Schools Conference.
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