Object to giving out their personal details like income, bank accounts, I-T returns etc to school authorities

Mumbai : Several parents of primary and high school students have objected to SARAL (Systematic Administrative Reform for Achieving Learning) – a mass database programme for students, in which schools have asked for personal details of parents, such as their source of

income, bank account details, income tax returns and other contact details. Parents feel that asking for such information is akin to infringing on their privacy.

The parents have questioned the logic and reason behind schools asking for their income details and bank account numbers, all of which constitutes personal information. They feel that either the schools or the government have an ulterior motive in asking for private details.

Chhatrapal Singh, a resident of Mankhurd, said, “I did not understand the logic behind asking for my source of income and bank account details. I asked at the school and they said that they wanted it because education officials have asked for the same.”

Another parent, Pratik Mane, said, “I wrote a note to a class teacher asking why the school wants details of income and bank accounts. The school replied that they needed it for scholarship and free-ship purposes.”

He added, “I replied that my child does not need any free-ship as we can afford to pay the fees. But, still, I got a note from a teacher asking me to fill the form with bank and income details.”

Education officials informed that the SARAL system has been enforced by the state education department. The aim of this project is to compile the mass database. Besides students, even teachers have been asked to fill their details.

South Mumbai zonal education inspector BB Chavan said, “Several parents have objected to SARAL forms. They feel that the state is breaching their privacy. We have informed schools to explain to parents that it is a state government exercise for the betterment of students.”

He added, “The state government had come up with a government resolution on July 3, 2015 for the implementation of SARAL. The plan is to link it to Aadhar cards so that students get a unique identification number.”

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