Updated: July 10, 2015 10:21:49 am
A few parents have complained to the education department officials of Pimpri-Chinchwad that a private school in Pimpri is making their wards, who were admitted under the 25 percent RTE quota, sit in a separate class and enter and exit the school through a separate gate.
The complaint has been raised by parents of students of the Podar Jumbo Kids school in Pimpri. Sangita Chandbodhe, parent of a child admitted to senior KG said, “In the initial couple of days, we didn’t know anything, but later we realised that our kids were coming out of a separate gate. When we questioned them at home, the children said that they were being made to sit in a separate class, other than the one for the fee-paying students.
After learning this, we approached the school authorities who told us that we should wait till the court order. Later, they stopped entertaining our complaints. The school is also demanding that we buy stationery kit and uniform, costing Rs 5000.” Another parent Chitra Kamble said that her child was not taught or given any homework in class, until the stationery kit was bought.
Asha Ubale, PCMC’s education officer, said that she had received a complaint and had spoken to the school authorities on the issue. An officer will also be sent to the school.
Aparna Bhat, the headmistress of the school, denied that any discriminatory behavior was being adopted towards the students. “This isn’t the first year of RTE admissions.
We have had them earlier. None of the students were made to sit separately and we have only one gate for entry. As far as asking for money for study material and uniform goes, we have done that and many parents have willingly paid. For those parents who are complaining there is no homework — it is a part of the study material and once they buy it, we can start giving homework,” she said.
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