After repeated complaints to the state School Education department about schools suspending students or throwing them out because of their inability to pay fees or other reasons, and not issuing them transfer certificates until full fees are paid, state School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad has found a way out of the situation.
Close to midnight on Thursday, the minister took to Twitter, stating, “Every child has a right to education and at the school of their choice. It has come to our notice, in the current extraordinary situation, more students are transferring out of schools due to financial reasons and some are being denied transfer/leaving certificates. Students whose TC/LC is delayed or are unable to produce it may be given admission on a provisional basis by the new school. While schooling till Class 8 already provides for this under the RTE, this rule will also apply to Class 9,10”.
A government resolution to this effect has been issued by the School Education department.
“Not giving admission in a new school due to lack of TC/LC would be a miscarriage of justice. It is also a violation of the Right To Education Act. Principals/administrators should ensure admission is not denied for want of TC/LC. Strict action will be taken against such schools for denying admission. For academic continuity, the birth/age proof of such a student has to be deemed sufficient to give admission to a class appropriate to his or her age,” said Gaikwad.
Due to the pandemic situation and financial losses in terms of job or business loss, many parents have not been able to pay school fees in part or full.
Over the last couple of months, there have been several complaints from parents about schools discontinuing studies for the child and forcibly issuing LCs to them due to the non-payment of fees. In many cases, parents want to shift children to other institutions with lower fees but schools have been holding back leaving/transfer certificates which are a must at the time of school transfer, making it impossible to shift schools as well.