Bengaluru school in trouble for forcing costly books on students
Going against rules, Baldwin School in Bengaluru's Rajarajeshwari Nagar had asked parents to buy books from particular vendors for the new session. Now, it's facing a probe and has a notice issued against it asking it to immediately stall sale of books till further instructions. Authorized officials will also be posted at the school premises to ensure the order is being followed.
What went wrong: no school can force book-vendors on parents
The matter came to light after parents complained to the education department a week back. A probe by the Deputy Director of Public Instruction (DDPI) was ordered, which revealed that the school-appointed vendors were charging exorbitant price for the books. Not just that, the school also threatened to penalize the parents if they don't buy from the vendors. All these are against the law.
Other allegation: Not provided book-list, asked to submit DDs
The parents further alleged they weren't provided book-lists, but were asked to submit demand drafts and collect the books from a hotel. A DDPI official confirmed this, saying, "They're booking convention-halls outside to sell the books. I have deputed my team" lest the school violates the order. It all started when parents lodged a protest outside the school campus on May 21.
Another probe, another hearing: School principal denies any wrongdoing
A separate probe was started by the District Education Regulatory Authority (DERA) that held a hearing on May 23. DERA had asked the school management then to chalk out a plan for sale of books, although they did not send their counsel for the hearing. Hence, a next hearing was scheduled for June 2. Meanwhile, the school principal, Vijay Kumar denied any wrongdoing.