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Karnataka Minister Suresh Kumar condemns school for harassing students over pending fees

On March 10, the Karnataka High Court had asked schools to show leniency towards children and their parents who, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, are facing difficulty to pay fees and treat the matter sensitively.

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Bengaluru: Karnataka Education Minister S Suresh Kumar has severely criticised the private school that had stopped as many as 25 students studying there from appearing in exams. State Education Minister Suresh Kumar spoke exclusively with India Ahead on the issue of schools preventing students from writing exams due to non-payment of fees. He condemned the act and said schools should be more socially aware. Kumar also added that they should comply with the High Court order in the matter.

He noted that such actions will in long run put more pressure on the students, whose curriculum has been suffering due to the coronavirus pandemic. This is not right, he said while talking to India Ahead.

“The schools should be socially more aware of the situation and they should comply with the HC order. The schools are putting pressure on students and this is not right,” he said.

Education Minister to talk to the school

While discussing the issue, the minister added that he will speak with the school management and also request them to handle this matter sensitively while keeping the students’ education in mind.

A private school in Karnataka’s Mandya district allegedly disrupted its ongoing mid-term examinations and took away the answer sheets of more than 25 students who failed to pay their full fees. The students were made to stand outside the examination hall as they had paid only half their fees. The incident came into light just days after the Karnataka High Court directed the Karnataka government to avoid any coercive action against members of schools affiliated to the CBSE or ICSE for any breaches of the previous government order to collect only 70 per cent fees for the Academic year 2019-20.

On March 10, the Karnataka High Court had also asked schools to show leniency towards children and their parents who, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, are facing difficulty to pay fees and treat the matter sensitively.

Karnataka Minister Suresh Kumar added that the matter will hear the case on March 24 and directed the school to stop harassing students. He added that between this fight of parents and school management, the students have been facing the brunt from both sides.

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