A verdict of the District Consumer Redressal Forum against the Good Shepherd Modern English School, Palunda, for “deliberately putting bad remarks” in the transfer certificate of a student has been welcomed by the local people as well as other schools.

Imposing a penalty of Rs.2 lakh on the school, the District Consumer Forum had directed the school to issue a fresh transfer certificate to Mohammed Ismail, son of Pallikkara Hamza, without unsavoury remarks. Ismail, who finished 10th standard at the school, approached the forum when the school refused to give him a transfer certificate for higher studies.

The school had insisted that Ismail pay Rs.39,000 as higher secondary fees though he was leaving the school. The forum rejected the claims of the school that it was the school's prerogative to charge the entire fees for high school and higher secondary education. A section of the local people celebrated the forum's verdict against the school, saying that the institution had such “weird ways” that would not suit society.

School authorities, however, refused to talk about the forum verdict. “We have not got the verdict. Show us if you have a copy,” they said.