A complaint has been registered with the deputy director of school education against Our Lady of Perpetual Succour school in Chembur that students are being forced to pay Rs 9,400 to Rs 10,500 for notebooks that would cost around Rs 1,200 elsewhere.
Parents of the students,along with NGO Forum for Fairness in Education,have given a written complaint.
The same notebooks cost Rs 1,200. The school has made it mandatory for parents to buy them from the school at an exorbitant price, said a parent.
When contacted,T M Dongre,education inspector,North zone,said,I have got the reference of this complaint from the deputy director and we will send our officials to the school on Thursday to verify the complaint. No school can force parents to compulsorily buy books from them. If the school is found guilty we will take action.
Despite several attempts,father Paul Julius,manager of the school,was not available for comment.
Years earlier,hearing a PIL by the Forum for Fairness in Education,the Bombay High Court had had passed strictures against schools selling books,uniform,shoes,stationery,study materials on school premises. The HC order also stated that schools should not force parents to purchase these items from a specific shop. Following the courts order,the state government had issued a GR. Charging exorbitant amount for study material and uniform is unlawful, said Jayant Jain,president of the Forum for Fairness in Education.
The parents alleged that the school has asked parents to make cash payments but is not providing any receipt.
We have been asked to payment for the books in cash. The school will provide around 20-25 notebooks per child for which they are charging Rs 9,400 to Rs 10,500. Apart from that,the school has changed the uniform this year,which we will have to buy from the school, said another parent.