Student futures hang in the balance as schools refuse transfer certificates | Bhopal News

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Bhopal: With the start of the new school term, many parents have changed their children’s schools. However, it is not easy for them as parents have to run from pillar to post to get the Transfer Certificate (TC) as schools have held them back citing reasons like fee payment.
This comes despite an order from the district education office that schools cannot withhold TCs from students in any situation.
This denial by schools to issue TC to students comes as parents pull pupils out of unaided private schools due to financial problems posed by the pandemic and move them to aided or public schools.
Parents said schools used several excuses to issue TCs. “After the Covid, I could not pay school fees. I had to change my children’s school. Their admission is at stake because the schools are not ready to issue TCs. Their new school has given a deadline for submitting TCs, which is approaching. In case I can’t get the TC, their admission might be revoked,” said Ashish Saxena, father of a grade 8 student. Another parent alleged that they had dropped the idea of ​​changing schools. “I decided to continue with the same school where my daughter has been studying for 3 years. I will start the process of getting the TC much earlier next year,” said Prakash Narayanfather of a class 5 student.
The biggest challenge is for the parents who left Bhopal. “After several visits to Bhopal, I managed to get the TC. However, this is not done. I had paid the full fees and completed other formalities, but the schools issued the TC after I visited them several times,” a parent said without mentioning his name.
DEO Bhopal, Nitin Saxena, said that while he has yet to receive such complaints, strict action will be taken against schools deliberately holding students’ TCs. “Parents or students facing such a situation can contact the District Education Officer or Joint Director (Education), Bhopal to file a complaint in this regard,” Saxena said.
He added, “An investigation will be conducted into the complaints received and a fine of Rs 1 lakh will be imposed on schools found guilty of engaging in such activities.”
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