May 24, 2017
Hindustan Matriculation Higher Secondary School in Avinashi Road, Coimbatore has been in a bit of hot water lately when it was accused for demanding a huge amount and fees from parents of a student who wanted a transfer certificate from the school.
Gnanapushpam, the grandmother of a ward, had visited the school along with her son asking for the TC of their ward who had now completed his Grade 10 as they had to move to Chennai on a transfer. When Covai Post contacted her, she said the school authorities had been nonchalant about it and demanded a proof for their transfer. She also added that the authorities told them that the students of Grade 10 had to attend a special class after school hours which they had to pay for. When they refused claiming they had no knowledge about it, the school argued and asked for Rs. 5000 extra.
She also added that there were many parents of students in Grade 11 and 12 who were asked to pay an entire year fees for the transfer certificate. Stating that the Principal was very unresponsive and rude towards their demands, she had gathered a few groups of parents who were denied transfer certificates and had to wait without a response for over 2 weeks. It was only when she turned to the media, they had put down their defence and given her the transfer certificate.
Lata Shankar, another parent whose child is all set to go to Grade 6 standard gave a statement that although at first, they told her she has to pay a year’s worth of extra fees, when many parents had gotten together and protested against this, they gave the certificate after two weeks.
The Principal of the School, Shenbagavalli, rubbished the issue as a rumor saying that no money had exchanged hands and that in the case of the student who wanted a transfer to go to Chennai, they had only refused to give the certificate because it had not been the parent of the child who had admitted the child. The Principal also added that before she could ascertain the identity of the person, they had contacted the media and gathered parents claiming that the school is demanding money. She offered to even show footage of the incident to show that there have been no money transfer and added that this has been blown out of proportion.