Mysuru: Education department issuing TCs sans our consent, say private schools | Mysuru News – Times of India


MYSURU: The row between parents and school managements over the issue of unpaid fees went up a notch on Sunday with some private schools claiming education department officials are directly issuing transfer certificates to students without taking schools into confidence.
The education department denied the allegation, but admitted it was “intervening” in a “few” cases, with the sole intention of doing what was in the best interests of students. The row has been simmering with private schools saying many parents did not pay fees since the last academic year ended without final exams being held.
Santosh Kumar, Mysuru district representative of Associated Managements of Primary and Secondary Schools (KAMS) and D Shashi Kumar, KAMS’ state general secretary, alleged education department officials are illegally approving transfer requests made by schools, especially government institutions. They warned they will file complaints with the cyber police since the practice amounts to a cybercrime.
Lingaraju M, head of Vagbharati School, Hosahundi, Mysuru, said eight students of his school secured transfer certificates without the headmaster’s approval.
“A few days ago, a local government school teacher approached our school headmaster with a request to issue transfer certificates to eight students who wanted to join his school,” Lingaraju said. “We said we are ready to issue TCs, provided parents of these students come and talk to us. Our annual fee is very low, yet many parents did not pay last year’s fee. We wanted to know why.”
Lingaraju said a few days later, they learnt TCs were issued to the eight students online. “They joined a government school. Education department officials have the right to issue TCs online, but who will indemnify our losses?” he said.
However, Panduranga, deputy director of public instruction, denied the allegations, saying: “TCs are issued directly from one school headmaster to another online. If a parent approaches the department with a complaint, we intervene and issue directions. We cannot issue TCs without a school’s approval.”
Santosh Kumar said gross injustice is being meted out to private schools. “Schools have already suffered huge losses. Allowing students to transfer out without paying arrears will add to our problems.”
Shashi Kumar said the issue of issuing online TCs is rampant across the state. “This is unethical practice,” he said. “We are not against students moving from one school to another. Our concern is over unpaid fees.”
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