Some reputable schools in the Newtown area of Kolkata have guardians sign that they are not allowed to criticize the school on social media, which could damage the reputation of the school. The commitment made on a non-legal stamp paper of Rs 10 lists seven points that the guardians must sign.
“We also undertake not to use any form of social, electronic or print media to criticize school decisions or actions that could damage the school’s reputation,” the document reads.
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Among the seven points, it also includes not using any political or administrative influence for admission or other related matters. It also means that we will not participate in any “agitation or demonstration for the purpose of coercing the school authorities to support a request, contrary to the rules and regulations of the school, nor will we participate in any activity that tends to to disrupt normal functioning. from the school,” it reads.
Recently, several guardians have been agitated about a higher fee structure, so according to sources in these schools, the venture is a step to curb the same.
Meanwhile, guardians are very unhappy with the venture, but because they can’t do anything, they feel helpless. Parents have said on condition of anonymity: “This is just unacceptable, but if we don’t sign they will harass our children, where are these schools going.”
According to experts, “Gurushishya parampara” always had something good to wear, but now the relationship between students and schools is deteriorating because of such acts.
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Earlier, a reputable private school in South Kolkata is said to have made separate identity cards for children who have paid the school fees. Students entering the building have been asked to wear the cards around their necks. Students whose parents have paid the school fees have been given a new yellow identity card. The ID cards are checked twice when entering the school and those who have not paid are not allowed to enter the campus.
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