Friday, January 23, 2009


Kirtika class IX-A student of Happy Senior School, C-63, Kirti Nagar, New Delhi (Phone 41424681) was not allowed to take unit test of Hindi subject on 12.01.2009 because her parents could not pay full school fees of Kirtika. Apprehending that when she will go to school on Monday, 19.01.2009, the school will again not allow her to take unit test, she has sent written request to Shri Ashok Agarwal, Advocate, Delhi High Court to intervene into the matter.

Kartika parents’ (M-9891962968) are economically weak (parents’ total income is Rs. 4,000/- per month) and are unable to afford full fee of Kartika and Kartika’s brother Nitin, student of class VI A of the same school. On 19.01.2009, it is quite possible that even Nitin may also be not allowed to take unit test for the same reason, i.e. non-payment of full fee.

One may imagine that if Kartika’s parents are unable to pay unrevised full school fees, what will happen when the school will increase its fee and other charges on the pretext of sixth pay commission’s recommendations. Kartika is not all alone to undergo trauma, there are other thousands students like Kartika.

Education in our country has become a commodity notwithstanding the constitutional guarantee of free and compulsory education to all children. If you are poor, your children have no right to go to good school. How long such injustice would continue?

Ashok Agarwal, Advocate