After the National Capital Region, it was the turn of parents in Delhi to protest against the proposed fee hike in private schools in the Capital.
At least 100 parents protested against the hike outside Education Minister Arvinder Singh’s Krishna Nagar residence on Wednesday. The protest, which began peacefully, turned violent when parents got into a scuffle with the minister’s staff.
“We had gone to hand over a memorandum to Singh. But we were stopped by his staff, who abused us verbally and then got into a fist fight,” said Pawan Kumar, president of Jago Abhibhawak Sangh, an association of East Delhi parents.
A complaint was also lodged in the Krishna Nagar police station. “We want a rollback of the fee hike. When schools in Noida and Gurgaon have refused to hike the fees, why do Delhi schools not do the same?” asked Kumar.
The Delhi Schools’ Parents Association, which claims the support of 700 residents' welfare associations, is also demanding a rollback.
“Even in Chandigarh, schools did not go ahead with a fee hike. We will protest by boycotting the general elections,” said Varinder Arora, convenor of the association. “Till now schools have not come out with the new fee structure. But once they do so, we will intensify our agitation,” said Arora.
Singh, however, denied any idea about a rollback.
He added that he was looking at the interest of parents, schools and teachers.
The Delhi Government had recommended a hike in fees ranging from Rs 50 to Rs 500 for various public schools in Delhi.