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Monalisa Das| The News Minute| November 22, 2014| 2.20 pm IST Anindya Banerjee, a learning consultant in the city, is a worried father; sending his three-year-old daughter back to her school suddenly does not seem to be an option. Banerjee’s three-year-old daughter was admitted to a reputed pre-school in the city in June this year. His wife, who used to work as a teacher before, was approached by the pre-school to teach there. For any sort of complaints or queries, the pre-school has asked parents to send in a note in their child’s diary and the management will then respond. So when Banerjee’s daughter returned home on Thursday with mosquito bites covering her hands, he wrote a letter to the school urging them to take better care of basic health and hygiene of the children. On Friday, the franchise owner of Kid Zee called Banerjee asking to meet him. Banerjee, his wife and daughter went to meet him in his office in the afternoon. “The owner started yelling at us. His staff was present there and he spoke to us in a condescending manner”, said Banerjee. “Don’t teach me how to run my school”, he told us. He didn’t seem to be interested in listening to our explanation”. Banerjee says the tension heightened in the room when the owner started ‘misbehaving’ with Banerjee’s wife. He used unprofessional and bad words. In the chaos, Banerjee claims, when he tried to interrupt, the franchise owner pushed him and his wife, and also hit him on the neck. “I have a bruise on my neck”, Banerjee claims. Sensing things could go out of control, Banerjee left for the Hulimavu police station. “But the owner had already reached the station before us.” The police officer, though polite, refused to register a complaint. The officer, Banerjee said, told them ‘it will never happen again’. Banerjee has written to the head and zonal offices of the pre-school, and has been told that “the incident will be investigated”. He does not seem to be too hopeful about any action from the authorities.  Banerjee says troubles started some months ago. “They sort of forced my wife to join as a teacher. They also said it would be good for our daughter to have her mother around in the initial few months, would help her adjust better”, he said. And eventually they agreed. But problems were to follow shortly. “Among other things, the management demanded longer work hours from my wife and also expected her to pitch in on Saturdays”, he stated. Banerjee’s wife was not comfortable with the directives. Around a month ago, the school decided to terminate her services. “We were okay with it”, said Banerjee. But soon after, he said, ‘small issues started happening to my kid every third day or so”. “My daughter is too small to be able to understand such things. And for the three hours she spends in the school, we expect her to be safe and okay”, he continued. At present, Banerjee’s only concern is his daughter. “I could withdraw my daughter from the school and ask for refund, but that is not a solution. If anything, such a step in the middle of the term is a huge problem. But at the same time I cannot be sending my daughter to the school again”, said the distraught father worrying about the looming Monday. The school authorities did not respond to calls by TNM.

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