CHENNAI: Two days after Express had reported (on Wednesday) how an 8-year-old child, studying in a private school, in class III, whose father had been at the head of a protest by a group of parents against alleged excessive fees that are more than that fixed by the State government was sent back home in the middle of class hours, the child was asked to return to the school on Thursday promising the child free education.
On Thursday, officials from the Narayana e-Techno, a CBSE school in Ramapuram, where the child was enrolled, called the child’s father and held a meeting with him. According to the child’s father the school will collect government mandated fees. “The school has agreed to collect only the government approved fee and allow my child to continue. I will be sending the child to the school from Saturday,” the child’s father told Express.
According to a school official, Pushpalatha, “We are ready to welcome back the child and even provide education free of cost, if the parents are ready to coordinate with us.” The boy’s father had earlier lodged a complaint with the school education department accusing the school of abruptly sending his child home. “Parents of the child did not respond to calls made by us regarding this issue (non-payment of fee). We sent the child home along with a staff only to make the parents respond to us on the issue,” said the school’s dean Samyuktha.
Other school officials say they sent back the child as his name was not updated in the online attendance register because of non-payment of fees.