Sunday, June 15, 2008

"கல்வி வியாபாரப் பொருளல்ல" - ஜூன் 19- குரோம்பேட் பேருந்து நிலையம் அருகில் கண்டன ஆர்ப்பாட்டம் !

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Anonymous said...

Please see the 'The Hindu' dated June 18th(Wednesday).

Tamil Nadu

Protest against collection of donation at schools
Special Correspondent
Money collected in the name of ‘education or school development fund,’ say parents
TAMBARAM: About two dozen members of a youth organisation and parents staged a demonstration on the premises of a government school in Chromepet, protesting the collection of money at the time of admission.
Members of the Revolutionary Students’ Youth Front and a section of parents charged that authorities and members of the Parent Teachers Association demanded huge sums as donation in the name of ‘education or school development fund.’
They assembled inside the Government Boys Higher Secondary School in Chromepet and raised slogans. Policemen from Chromepet police station reached the school and warned protestors. Later they dispersed from the spot. The protestors said collection of money in any form in schools coming under the control of the School Education Department was prohibited under The Tamil Nadu Educational Institutions (Prohibition of Collection of Capitation Fee) Act, 1992.
But many government and aided schools in the southern suburbs of Chennai charged between Rs.1,500 and Rs.5,000 and even more at the time of admission. The sum quoted was even higher for children joining English medium. “Government and aided schools are created for serving the poor. But the School Education Department is silent when members of Parent Teachers Association with political clout fleece parents who simply pay up without a protest,” said D. Ganesan, joint secretary, RSYF.
He alleged that schools in Chromepet, Pallavaram, Tambaram, Peerkankaranai and other pockets in the southern suburbs demanded money after “judging the paying capacity” of parents. In a school near Tambaram, a parent was asked to pay Rs.7,000 for admitting his two daughters — one in class X and other in class IIIV. After hard bargaining school authorities and PTA members agreed to accept Rs. 5,000. Even recently, the State government had asked heads of these schools to curb this practice. The amount collected from parents should be returned to them, the protestors demanded, adding that PTA should stay away from admission procedure. “The money collected in each school is huge. Where does this money go and how is it spent? There should be a thorough audit,” Mr. Ganesan said.
Members of Students Federation of India said students seeking admission in some popular aided schools for upper primary and high school sections were forced to write an entrance exam and those who did not get the required marks were denied a seat. Harassment was not restricted only to government schools, but they were rife in matriculation schools too.
Parents seeking transfer certificates for their children were made to pay huge sums for getting the document. Recently, Dhanasekar, an autorickshaw driver, who had admitted his two children in a matriculation school in Selaiyur was not satisfied with the quality of education there and wanted to admit them in a government school nearby. But when he applied for the transfer certificates, he was asked to pay fee for the entire academic year for both the children. Only after an appeal to the Inspector of Matriculation Schools of Kancheepuram district and support from social workers did his ordeal end.
SFI members said authorities in both government and private institutions harassed parents during the admission season . A senior official of the School Education Department told The Hindu that PTA members had no role to play in the admission procedure and there was a ban on collection of donation in any form. Many PTAs appointed teachers in schools where there was a shortage and hence resorted to collecting money from parents.