Hyderabad: The parents of the city are miffed with the Indus International School in Shankerpally on the outskirts of town to charge ‘pocket money’ for students even in the primary sections. The school would have asked Rs 50,000 to Rs 60,000 as pocket money if the students are boarders. Day researchers are charged Rs 10,000. The money is collected under the head – “Pocket Money + Imprest”.
Mr. Anubha Sahay, president of the Indiawide Parents Association said collecting pocket money for the school’s children was unheard of, and illegal. She asked if the school had permission from the state government to collect the pocket money. Anjali Razdan, vice president of the Hyderabad Sahodaya Schools Complex, a body of business and international schools, said the term “pocket money” could have been avoided.
The money is collected under the heading “Pocket money + advance” in the school.
The Parents Association of Hyderabad School has taken strong objections. “Why do children in grades one through five need pocket money? What will they buy at such a young age? Parents pay transportation and meals in addition to tuition. What is the need for pocket money, “said Aravinda Jata, executive member of the association.
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Indus Schools Director C.P. Joseph said pocket money was for additional expenses such as paragliding, external examinations or the purchase of sports equipment. It will also pay for extra outings, which is not a recurring expense. “The balance is carried forward to the following year,” he said.