HYDERABAD: Medchal District's Akshara International School has restricted the entry of two students to the school as they had not paid the school fees. The school, located at Kushaiguda, did not allow one 7th grade student Master Sai Kiran and one 6th grade student Rohan to write their Annual examination as they had not paid the fees The parents were supposed to pay Rs 1 lakh fees for both the students, but only Rs 70,000 was paid. The students were not allowed to write the exam as they had not paid the remaining Rs 30,000.
Father of the children Mr Narsimha Reddy condemned the act by the school authorities. The father demanded strict action against the school authorities. In a similar incident, Spring Fields School in Tolichowki also prevented children from writing the examination for non-payment of fees. Several schools in the city and surroundings were violating the right to education of the children by not allowing them to sit for the examinatons, alleged child rights activists.
Child rights activists said that it was the duty of parents to pay the fee on time as when they had enrolled their children in private schools, they knew about the high fee structure. But at the same time, paying fee is a contract between the parents and the school and children should not be dragged into this. Also schools should not ask the fee from children or insult them for not paying the fee which would attract Juvenile Justice Act of Care and Protection. This would irrevocably harm the child, said Mr Achyuta Rao, a child rights activist.