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TURA | Jan 14:

With only less than a month left for most schools in Meghalaya to re-open, the demand and supply for school forms, clothes, books and other stationary items have already begun.

While some schools have already given out forms for the academic session since last year, others are still in the process of taking in new students. But, amid all the hype, the issue of over charging of school items have been raised yet again!

In Garo Hills, many parents have complained that a photocopied form, issued by the Bhaitbari HS School, is being sold at Rs 50 without any receipt. Taking up this issue, the All Meghalaya Minorities Students’ Union (AMMSU) has written to the deputy commissioner of West Garo Hills.

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In the memo to the DC and the SDSEO, AMMSU has sought stringent action to be taken against the principal as well as the managing Committee members for what the NGO termed to be an illegal act.

“The school management is issuing forms, which take about Rs 3 to print, at Rs 50 for admission to Class VI and Class IX. Our part of the state is economically poor and such costs are making things worse for them. Now due to the heavy charges, many students have not been able to take the forms due to the paucity of funds,” said Nur Islam, the AMMSU president.

According to AMMSU, all other schools, including private and ad hoc schools of their area were supplying the form free of cost.

The NGO further asked the DC to intervene into the matter and take appropriate action against those responsible for the illegal act.

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