Says it wants to maintain certain standards
Rakhi Chakrabarty, MUMBAI MIRROR, Saturday, January 28, 2006
Kolkata: A Kolkata school issued a notice last week making it mandatory for students to buy shoes of a particular MNC brand.
In a notice, circulated among students on January 2006, authorities of Delhi Public School, Ruby Park, Kolkata, announced: ‘We are introducing shoes from Lotto, which will be mandatory for all students from the new session.’
This has enraged the parents. A group of nearly 30 parents sent a letter on Thursday, bearing their signatures, to protest the school’s decision. The shoes are priced between Rs 890 (for pre-schoolers) to Rs 1,050 (for adults).
‘The school can mention specifications of uniform. But, how can they dictate which brand to buy? The move smacks of commercial motives,’ said a parent on condition of anonymity.
Another parent said, ‘When I got in touch with the school, I was told that they had mentioned the brand to maintain a certain standard. It would do the children a world of good if the school maintained a standard in studies.’
‘I had trekked through jungles of Myanmar and glaciers of Siachen wearing Rs 550 shoes. Why should I buy these shoes for my child who has just entered school?’
The principal of the school was unavailable for comment. A school official said, ‘We are aware of the parents’ views in this matter. We will look into it’