BENGALURU: A woman has filed a complaint with Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (KCPCR) against one of the top schools in the city, accusing its authorities of demanding money to promote her son. The 9th standard student was detained in the main examinations held during April 2017. The commission on Wednesday issued notice to Bishop Cotton Boys School and directed the authorities concerned to appear before it within 48 hours.
On September 11, the single parent approached the panel and alleged that the school authorities were involved in fraud. The complaint, a copy of which is available with Express, reads, “Filing this complaint to bring it to the knowledge of the commission about the gross illegalities, fraud and discriminatory acts willfully committed by the Bishop Cotton Boys school authorities against my son. My son was purposely failed in class 9 even though he performed well in the final exams in April 2017. Since around 132 students from different standards had failed in the exams, a re-test was conducted during May 2017 for all of them. Though the result of other students was put up on notice board, my son’s result was deliberately withheld. When asked, principal told my son has failed and refused to show his answer sheets.”
In the complaint, the parent also mentioned about one DM Aldrin, who claimed to be the executive committee member of the school and sought R`50,000 to pass her son after the second re-test. “I even paid Rs 50,000 to that person, but my son was failed again. When questioned, the principal and staff behaved rudely with me. I even approached Bishop and filed a complaint, but no action was initiated. ‘’
A complaint was also registered with Cubbon Park police station on September 8 in this regard. The complainant then said she also had voice messages and records.
In the order passed on Wednesday, the KCPCR directed school authorities to produce before the commission immediately copies of all marksheets and the answer scripts related to the student for 2016-17 academic year. It has also asked the school to produce answer scripts of re-tests. Sources said at least ten parents have approached the panel with similar complaints. When Express tried to contact the principal, he did not respond.