The extension officer of Pune Zilla Parishad has shot off letters to Education Officer D Shendkar,seeking permission to probe alleged admission rackets believed to be working in at least three well known schools in the city.
It has come into my notice that three well known private English medium schools are involved in admission rackets. This is a very serious matter and must be probed, said K D Bhujbal,Extension Officer,ZP. In the letters,I have also asked the education officer to ask the Pune police crime branch to help me with the investigation, he said.
According to Bhujbal,the school authorities or certain agents have been calling up parents asking for money in lieu of a seat. Even though the admission procedure is strictly overseen by government authorities,various elements have been calling up parents asking for Rs 1 lakh per kindergarten seat. Asking for donation to get admission is not allowed and is punishable. Only a joint investigation by the education department and the crime branch will throw light on the racket. It is also not known whether these people are fake agents trying to dupe parents,agents appointed by the school,or the school authorities themselves, he said.
Bhujbal said the admission rackets had also started using innovative ways to stay off police radar. There are schools that get money in the name of travel agents. Then this money is routed to the school,due to which proving that the money is taken by school is hard for us. Hence,we need police help, said Bhujbal. Only three schools have come to my notice till now. But this is a big racket and many more schools will be involved in this. Once the investigation starts,all this can be stopped, said Bhujbal.
Talking to Newsline,Shendkar said: I am yet to go through the letters sent by K D Bhujbal. But if there are such rackets going on in the city schools,we will definitely take help from the police to get to the root of the matter. If the schools are found guilty,the police will take necessary action.