Fees already paid: Parents
New Delhi: Over a dozen pre-primary students were locked inside the school basement for over five hours by the school authority over non-payment of fees by the parents. The incident took place in Central Delhi’s Rabia Girls Public School. Parents claimed that when they reached the school at 12.30 pm to pick up their children, they were told that the children were locked in the basement.
A senior police official said that a case has been registered and probe has been initiated.
According to information, school authorities allegedly detained several students of primary section in Hauz Qazi area on Monday after their parents failed to clear the school fee. The parents alleged that the school authorities had detained their children in the basement of the school building from 7.30 am to 12.30 pm, even as the temperature touched 40° Celsius.
In the FIR the complainant alleged that on Monday, when the parents arrived at the school to take their children, they found that the kids were locked in the basement of the school. The school staff said that the girls had been locked due to non-payment of the school fee.
“When we informed this incident to the head mistress, she misbehaved with us and further told us that she will forcefully throw us out of the school,” alleged the complainant.
Parents said they had already made the payment, including advance fees. The school administration, however, denied these allegations and said the parents failed to provide the teacher’s copy of the payment. They also added that it was a recreational room and not a basement. An FIR has been registered by the police.