The parents in Gurgaon , who have been protesting under different banners against the fee hike in private schools, have decided to form a single group and involve experts from all fields to better plan their agitation against what they termed an “unjustified” hike.
The parents’ group will seek the involvement of lawyers, retired professors, bureaucrats, chartered accountants, defence personnel, MNC executives, IT professionals, and NGOs to put pressure on the Haryana government to intervene in the issue and roll back the hike.
Advocate Ramphal Sheoran (42) of Sector 55 said, “We have decided to organise a dummy funeral rally of the Fee and Fund Regulatory Committee (FFRC) as it has failed to help us.”
The parents have also planned to take out a candle march on Sunday evening from Leisure Valley to the residence of D Suresh, divisional commissioner, who is also the chairman of the FRRC committee.
“We have changed the agenda of the meeting now and have planned a different strategy. We have asked experts from each field such as lawyers, politicians, professors and people involved with different NGOs to support us,” said Dinesh Kumar Kharb, a parent.
“We had submitted a memorandum to President Pranab Mukherjee and Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on April 9. We will once again try to meet Khattar in the coming week, but if the government does not take the issue seriously, we’ll be forced to protest on roads,” said Jyoti Dembla, another parent.
“The Haryana government has not done anything on the parents’ demand that the unjustified fee hike be rolled back. The government is not working in public interest,” said Bhupinder Singh, representative of the Haryana chapter of All India Parents Forum for Education.
“We will continue our fight until the government rolls back the hike, we will not leave the fight midway and return to our houses. We will involve more organisations and residents to put pressure on the administration and the government,” said Manish Makkar, a parent.
Several parents’ associations in the city have served an ultimatum to the state government and given it a month’s time to get the hike rolled back, failing which they will further intensify the protests and burn effigies of the chief minister, education minister and other officials.