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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

GLORIA CONVENT HIGH SCHOOL: Inquiry against Byculla school for asking students to pay for land

 Inquiry against Byculla school for asking students to pay for land

Arita Sarkar
Two days after this newspaper reported that Byculla-based Gloria Convent High School has been demanding Rs 10,000 per student to buy a plot of land, the Education Department has initiated an inquiry.

N B Chavan, deputy director (Education), said: "The parents don't have to pay, and if they already have, the school will have to return the money. Action against the school will be based on the inquiry report."

The parents had submitted a complaint on Friday, alleging the school was pressurising the students into paying up, even as the school management that such a 'request' had been made to 'save' the school.

Gloria Convent is an unaided minority school, and one among more than 450 properties in the city to have been constructed on government land on a 99-year lease which expired in 2012.

The school received a notice from the Collector's office in July 2013, notifying about the expiration of the lease agreement. The school was given a couple of options: buy the land parcel for Rs 2 crore or pay the rent of Rs 4 lakh a year for a five-year period.

The school, which has around 1,900 students on the roll call, decided to buy out the plot. The parents said the Education Department's move was most welcome. "I hope appropriate action will be taken," the parent said.

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