//Kolkata school tells kids to wear MNC brand of shoes

Kolkata school tells kids to wear MNC brand of shoes

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’