Parents of Lokmanya Tilak High School in Saki Naka have alleged that the school is constantly pressurising them to collect funds for its new building in the offing. Several parents from the school said that the school has asked them to pay Rs 1,000 as development fund for the new building, and have also been additionally asked to collect the same amount as donation from their acquaintances.
Several parents have recently written to the state education department alleging that the school is threatening to fail students if they fail to collect money for the development funds. “We have been given a booklet with 10 receipts of Rs 100 each, and have been asked to collect Rs 1,000 from people we know.
This is after collecting the same amount from each parent for the same purpose. Many of us are from the poor economic strata and cannot pay this money. Over the last few days, school officials are threatening us that they would fail the children and won’t allow them to come to school if we fail to pay the amount,” said the parent of a Class 1 student from the school on the condition of anonymity.
Ved Tiwari, working President of the International Human Rights Association from Maharashtra who has written to the state education department on behalf of the parents said that the school is trying to pressurise parents for its own benefits, “Several parents dread to send their children to school every day because they are taunted for not paying money to the development funds. Why is the school putting its burden on poor parents?” asked Tiwari.
Ashwini Chavan, Principal of the English medium school said that the allegations made by parents were baseless. “We have asked parents to willingly contribute to the school development fund. In good faith some of them have taken the booklets to pool in more help. None of this is mandatory and we have not pressurised parents or students in any way” added Chavan.