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Donations Or Extortions?
HOW MUCH THEY MAY ASK FOR ....
Ordinary private schools Rs 3,000 to Rs 10,000
Middle level Rs 12,000 to Rs 20,000
Reputed high-class Rs 20,000 to Rs 60,000
Elite class Rs 80,000 to Rs 2 lakh
Deluxe schools Rs 2 lakh to Rs 5 lakh
... AND FOR WHAT
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SOME OF THE VICTIMS:
Neelima Jain & daughter Nupur
She refused to pay Rs 15,000 as donation for her daughter's admission to Lancer Convent, Delhi. As a result, Nupur became a victim of greed and ended up on the sidelines. The Jains' dream of getting their child into a school of their choice remained unfulfilled and they had to make do with their second option.
Priti Parikh and daughter Riddhi
Riddhi is a sixth standard student of a well-known English-medium school in Mumbai. Her mother is one among those parents who have complained to the Forum for Fairness in Education against the excessive tuition fee charged by the school. They hold a Bombay High Court order pertaining to a petition filed by the forum in the course of its crusade.
P.K. Walia & daughter Mahira
When this multinational executive went for his daughter's nursery admission interview to DPS, RK Puram, the authorities plainly asked him what he "could do for the school through my company". Mahira failed to get through and it was obviously because her father had told the school authorities that his company didn't have a policy to help schools.
Virendra Bhatt with his daughter Ruddhika,
Ruddhika is a fifth standard student of the high-profile M.P. Shah School in Mumbai. Her school has been charged with extorting money from students on various pretexts. Virendra Bhatt is also one of those parents who are fighting the school's high-handedness. The complaints lodged by them are with the state education department.