St. Francis Convent school in Agra has sent Rs 1 crore defamation notice to one of its student named Mohd Shahzan, after his father questioned the school authorities regarding failing his child in Class 8.

He approached the school authorities and requested them to re-evaluate his son’s performance on the basis of continuous and comprehensive evaluation norm,  but after they handed the child the transfer certificate (TC). He also visited the school many a time to have a discussion regarding the same, but to no avail. He later on asked the school through department of secondary education, Agra to prepare a report on the incident.

Later on, the 14 year old’s father Sagir Ahmed threatened to take legal action against the school.

On April 18, after the authorities refused to reveal the marks he had obtained in his final exams and re-test, Sagir sent a legal notice to the school.  According to TOI reports, in his legal notice to the school, Sagir has alleged that the principal had intentionally failed his son, as he had once opposed the school’s illegal demands of money.

Sagir had also enclosed a copy of the Human Resource Development Ministry’s Department of School education and Literacy circular (22 August 2014), which states that no student shall be detained from Classes 1 to 8.

Considering all this as defaming its image and name, the school sent a defamation notice to Shahzan, claiming that the allegations put against the school were false. As per the notice, he has to pay Rs 1 crore as damages within 15 days along with interest.

The school principal, Sr Santina, could not be reached for comments.

What happened in 2014?

In the year 2014, the school asked students to deposit Rs 300 each. After Shahzan’s father asked a Sister the reason for taking this amount, she asked him not to bother about it as it is none of his business. After this incident, he had bitter terms with the school authorities and so considers it the reason for failing his child.

Sagir said that even if he would sell his house, it is impossible to get Rs 1 crore and neither can he take legal support for long as he cannot afford a good lawyer. So now, along with his family he will visit temples, churches, mosques and gurudwaras to beg for money.

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