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TreeHouse playschool in Pune: Parents see red over management’s silence

While some groups of parents visited police stations to lodge a complaint of fraud, others approached the education department.

By: Express News Service | Pune |
December 17, 2016 12:01:14 am
Tree House parents at Bibvewadi police station on Friday. Ashna Dunwani Tree House parents at Bibvewadi police station on Friday. Ashna Dunwani

THE CHAOS and confusion over the uncertain future of the company-operated Tree House playschools in the city continued on Friday as management officials remained unavailable to speak to parents and allay their fears.

While some groups of parents visited police stations to lodge a complaint of fraud, others approached the education department. As the uncertainty continued over the third day, political parties have issued ultimatums to start the pre-schools or face agitations while parent representative groups have come forward to lend their support to the anxious parents of Tree House playschools.

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At Bibvewadi branch, some parents gathered outside the playschool on Friday morning. One of the parents, Dinesh Dhayakar, said they approached the local police but the officers asked them to submit a written application.

“The police said an FIR under Section 420 of IPC pertaining to cheating can be lodged only after an investigation and they advised us to instead submit an application. We then visited the Shikshan Mandal (education board) of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and gave an application to education officer Shubhangi Chavan. She said they will have a joint discussion and ensure that the academic year of the children won’t go waste,” he said.

Another parent, Mahesh Chordiya, lamented over the fact that there was nobody present at the playschool to even answer their queries.

“We don’t want our child’s year to go waste. We want certificates for whatever our children have studied till now so that we can try applying and taking admission somewhere else at least and that’s why we need the documents issued by them for the same,” he said.

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