Charging of illegal fees: DC orders action against schools

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Nashik: Some private granted and non-granted schools in the city are charging illegal fees from parents. Besides this, parents are being asked to purchase school stationery from the schools. If there are such complaints, take action against such schools, instructed District Collector Radhakrishnan B to the NMC education officer and ZP education officer.

The meeting of consumer redressal committee was held under the District Collector. Complaints about various departments were received in the meeting. Non-government members complained that excessive fee is being charged in some schools in the city. It has also been made compulsory to purchase notebooks-textbooks, uniforms, school bags and other school stationery from the schools or from certain shops designated by the schools, but the education officer or deputy education director are not taking any action over this, it was complained.

When the District Collector asked education officer Nitin Upasani about this, he said that when such complaints were received he sent proposals to cancel the permission of such schools to the deputy director of education and action is being taken in this direction.

After non-government members stated that the permission of not a single school has been cancelled despite many complaints, the District Collector ordered Upasani to take strict action on schools against which complaints have been received.

Meanwhile, some members also demanded inspection of some schools. Positive discussions were held on this. With this, hope is being expressed that students and parents will get rid of harassment by private schools in the city since last two months. Only if the education officer takes suo moto action against schools found involved in this without waiting for complaints, can this malpractice be curbed, opined some members.

District supply officer Sarita Narke, Harish Maru, Prakash Vaishyampayan, Sureshchandra Rahatkar, Deepak Patodkar, Laxman Gavhane, Shivaji More and Dr. Pratibha Aundhkar were also present.

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