Posted On Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 08:27:55 AM
|Principal Sujata Mallic Kumar and school administrator Wadia reached the Cantonment police station and submitted the written apology on Friday
A First Information Report (FIR) was filed against St Mary’s School, Camp on Friday for refusing to entertain the Zilla Parishad officials, who had gone there to check its records regarding the implementation of the Right to Education (RTE) Act.
Later, the school administration tendered a written apology to the police, following which the FIR was withdrawn. The school also promised to co-operate with the officials of the Education Department.
This is the second such incident in the recent past involving an Englishmedium school in the Cantonment Board area. The officials from the Education Department of Pune Zilla Parishad claimed some English-medium schools have often insulted them by not allowing them to check their records.
The Education Department has decided to taken strong action against such schools. It will file police complaints against schools, which refuse to co-operate with government officials on duty. On Friday morning, Pune Zilla Parishad Extension Officer KD Bhujbal went to St Mary’s School located in Camp for inspection.
He had received complaints that the school was charging capitation fees during the admission process. However, the school administration denied him entry on its premises. Bhujbal tried to persuade them that he is a government official and wanted to check the school records.
Despite several attempts, the administration did not get convinced. Finally, Bhujbal called up Senior Police Inspector Nitin Jadhav attached with the Cantonment police station.
Despite the police officer’s intervention, the school authorities did not budge. Finally, Bhujbal went to the Pune Cantonment police station to file a complaint against the school administration for assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharging duty under Indian Penal Code section 353.
After learning this, Principal Sujata Mallic Kumar and school administrator Wadia reached the police station and submitted the written apology letter. In her letter, Kumar stated, “Our school authorities stopped you from entering the school premises.
I apologise for this, as I was unaware of your arrival and your designation. In future, entry will be allowed to any authorised and competent government officer on official duty, even the police authority.
This statement is issued before Senior PI Nitin Jadhav.” Satisfied with the school’s changed stance, Bhujbal said, “After this apology, we withdrew the FIR.
The school administration invited us in the evening to inspect its records. We checked the documents and collected relevant information. If any school insults government officials on duty, it will face action in the future.”
All schools located in Pune district come under the jurisdiction of Pune Zilla Parishad Education Department and State Education Board. The government has made it mandatory to implement the RTE Act for all schools. It has directed officials to inspect school records regarding the compliance with the Act.