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Schools be made liable for the promises they make

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Siddheshwar Shukla

The parents sacrifice their personal life to earn for the hefty fee the branded schools charge for care and grooming of their wards. At the time of the admission, their promises include beyond the imagination of the parents. These schools which are more than ‘education shopping malls’ give a huge list of extra services and facilities above the basic services they provide, all on paid basis.
How much these services work? There is neither any credible study nor these schools provide data for study. But whenever, any unfortunate incident occurs even the top most school chains like Ryan International, Goenka International, and Delhi Public School etc. are exposed for providing poor services. The craze of these so called modern, public and international schools is so high in the minds of upper middle class and middle class parents that they pay just by seeing the pictures of the services in the prospectus.
The schools have no liability to fulfil the promises they make at the time of admission. There is no rule in the country to make them accountable for their promises. There is neither any rule at the national or state level to impose any fine or penalty or compensation on school if they fail to provide any particular service they promise at the time or admission or at different type. However, the schools have all the rights to penalise children and even parents for their small faults like dress is not clean, shoes were not polished, hair not combed properly, tie was not adorn properly, late coming, homework not completed etc. There is no authority in India to impose penalty on schools for not teaching properly, not caring children, using corporal punishment, CCTV not working or not installed, teacher failed to stop fight, student injured in schools or even student was murdered in the school. There is great need to make them liable just like real estate sector has been made liable for the promises they made on prospectus.
The upper middle class and middle class are mostly the first generation migrants from rural Bharat who himself studied in government or low profile schools but want their children to study in English speaking schools. Here in the cities like Delhi and its satellite cities of NCR, the corporate schools cash on their inferiority complex at each and every level. The urban middle class, who are also second and third generation urban also fall the victim of these schools.

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