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Hyderabad School Locks in 20 Students Over Non-Payment of Hiked Fee

A private school in Hyderabad locked about 20 students in a room for nearly 2 hours after their parents failed to pay fees that was arbitrarily hiked.

Sakshi Khanna | CNN-News18

Updated:March 18, 2017, 6:32 PM IST
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Hyderabad: A private school in Hyderabad locked about 20 students in a room for nearly 2 hours after their parents failed to pay fees that was arbitrarily hiked.

The children were even barred from writing their annual examination.

After a parent filed a complaint, police reached the school and rescued all the children.

In February 2017, Saritha Vidya Niketan in Hayathnagar issued notification hiking fee up to Rs 11,000.

In the police complaint given by a parent, he said, "I have two children studying in Class 9 and class 7. I already paid Rs 20,000 to school. They say money is still pending and they locked my kids along with others. I want strictest action against the school for humiliating my kids and confining them illegally."

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Speaking to CNN-News18, Hayathnagar police said, "We had received complaint and are investigating the case. We reached the school and saw children in a room. After our intervention, school allowed them to sit in annual exam. But the school's rude behaviour was uncalled for. The school said the parents had delayed paying the school fees."

A case has been registered under Section 342, and Section 75 of JJ act against the school management.

CNN-News18 tried contacting the school management for comment but they were unavailable for comment.

Reacting to the incident, Child Rights NGO Balala Hakkula Sangham has also demanded police to register criminal case against the school management.

Earlier too, many schools have gone to the extent of suspending students whose parents refused to pay arbitrary hiked fee or were part of protests against the schools.

Parents have been protesting and demanding TRS government to act against erring schools and ensure schools comply with existing rules and regulations for some time. However, the Hyderabad School Parents Association allege that the ruling state government has completely failed in regulating fee structures in schools.

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| Edited by: Ashish Yechury
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