Private institutes asked to issue school leaving certificates without hassle
Financial strain caused by the pandemic and lockdown forced many parents to shift their wards from private schools to cheaper government schools but most have been facing problems in procuring the School Leaving Certificates (SLC).
The education department has asked government schools to grant provisional admission to all students who wish to migrate from other schools. Private schools, too, have been asked to issue certificates to every student wishing to change schools.
“The economic crisis caused by COVID-19 and related problems has rendered many parents unable to pay the outstanding fee in respect of their wards. It has been observed that many private schools are denying to issue Transfer Certificate (TC)/ School Leaving Certificate (SLC) to students whose fee is outstanding,” read an education department circular.
Government schools have been asked to accept other documents such as mark sheets from the previous school and an application from the parents stating that the SLC has been denied. Heads of government schools have been instructed to submit to district officials names of private schools that are refusing to issue SLCs.
In 2019, the court had declared that under the Delhi School Education Act, a private school has no authority to refuse to give a transfer certificate to a student for non-payment of dues. The court has previously directed private schools to issue transfer certificates to the students within a week.
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