A primary education officer of the Pune Zilla Parishad who was refused entry into Vibgyor High School on NIBM road has lodged a police complaint against the school management at Kondhwa police station. The First Information Report (FIR) was lodged by Mushtaq Shaikh, ZP primary education officer, after he visited the school around 3.30 pm and was denied entry into the school and made to wait outside by school authorities.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Shaikh said he had been instructed by the deputy director of education, Pune to visit the school for official work. “Some parents and the school management have an ongoing issue over fee hike made by the school. The parents complained to the deputy director of education that they had deposited the cheques for fee payment but they had got the receipts for the same. The parents also alleged that despite paying the fees, the students were not given the stationery. Hence, I was instructed by the deputy director of education to visit the school to speak to the management and verify the complaint,” said Shaikh.
However, he said when he reached the school premises, a group of parents were already present at the school gate. Shaikh said he approached the watchmen who called the school administrative staff and he identified himself. “I told them about the matter but they said they cannot allow me inside since the school is closed. I told them I am on government duty and even pointed out that those parents who had come for admissions were being allowed inside premises which indicated that the school staff was working. The staff said they will speak to their management and went inside the office but never returned. In fact, I called the police but even then they did not allow entry inside. After consulting with my seniors, I decided to file a police complaint against the school,” he said.
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Officials at Kondhwa police station confirmed that the FIR has been registered under Sections 353 (for deterring public servant from discharge of his duty) and 341, pertaining to wrongful restraint. Shaikh said that police formalities apart, the education department would now issue a notice to the school asking for an explanation and if no satisfactory reply is received, then appropriate action would follow.
Meanwhile, when asked about the incident, a statement was emailed from the school management. “We are not aware about any such complaint. Nobody has brought this to our notice,” said Keval Thakker, administrator, Vibgyor High School, NIBM Road.