Nilambur: A private school here has refused to issue Transfer Certificates (TC) to several students who have passed SSLC but wanted to join another school for Plus One.
Good Shepherd Modern English School in Palunda, affiliated to ICSE syllabus, has come out with the strange order mandating its students to continue till Plus Two. The school management has demanded the parents of the students to pay the fees for Plus One and Plus Two, which amounts to over 1 lakh, at once if they wanted TC. The parents informed the matter to Mathrubhumi News.
Speaking to Mathrubhumi news, the parents said that the school director George Philip asked them to either pay the fees or come with a court order. The mandate is well documented in the course prospectus and school diary.
Childline officials said that the mandate was in violation of child rights and that the school was exploiting students. It must be noted that Thursday is the last day to apply for Plus One Plus Two using single window facility.
According to George Philip, the school had discontinued higher secondary in 2013. Following requests from parents, the school reopened Plus One and Plus Two in 2015. From then, the school has been mandating that students who seek admission in the school in class 8 must continue till Plus Two.
A total of 23 students joined the school after this and have passed SSLC. Out of this, seven students now want to join other schools for Plus One and have demanded the TC.
“These students had agreed to continue till Plus Two. If they leave now, I cannot continue the course in the school with the remaining students,” George Philip told Mathrubhumi News.
According to George, Good Shepherd is the only ICSE higher secondary school in Malappuram district. Hence the parents were asked to either pay the fees or bring a court order. “If the court finds fault with the stand of the management, we are willing to discontinue the course,” added George.
However, Wilson, a parent said his son had fallen behind in academic performance and hence he decided to take his son to another school.
George refuted this. He added that the school had 78 students in class 7. But only 23 had joined for class 8. According to George, the 23 students joined till Plus Two when they took admission in class 8. If they want to leave now, it is a matter of discontinuing, he said.
Meanwhile, Child Welfare Committee (CWC) chairman Shajesh Bhaskar said the school management’s argument was prima face wrong. The CWC has asked the parents to file a detailed complaint, he added.
Shajesh said that the CWC will take stringent action against the mandate issued by the school. He added that the school management cannot hold the parents or students responsible for not being able to continue functioning.
The issue has left the students and parents in a dilemma.