Fee hike: Protesting parents hold up Bhaichung Bhutia match in Gurgaon school
Parents of Delhi Public School Ghaziabad (DPSG) in Palam Vihar held a surprise anti-fee hike protest during a football match that Bhaichung Bhutia participated ingurgaon Updated: Apr 24, 2017 10:05 IST
Parents of students from Delhi Public School Ghaziabad (DPSG) in Palam Vihar held a surprise anti-fee hike protest during a sports event at the school campus on Sunday. Around 150 parents holding placards and black flags entered the ground and raised slogans at the match in which Bhaichung Bhutia, former captain of the Indian football team, was participating. The parents have been protesting against the hike in fee for a month.
The event was a friendly match between Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools and the School Sports Promotion Foundation (SSPF) National Football Team.
Parents of DPSG students gathered outside the ground before the match started and entered the ground as soon as the match was announced. They managed to interrupt the match before being removed from the grounds.
Dev Kumar, a parent in the protest, said, “We have tried to reach the school management several times (unsuccessfully). With the entire management present for the event, it was the right time to put up our issues”.
“The management and guest got to know about the sufferings of the parents. They are demanding a huge amount from parents, but spending lavishly on events and other activities,” said Ajay Yadav, another parent.
The management tried to control the protestors and remove them from the ground but they refused to move for an hour.
According to parents, they earlier they paid Rs 65,000 annually, but with the new fee structure, they are asked to pay Rs1.62 lakh. They also said that the tuition fees of Rs 7,750 has been increased to Rs26,000 and annual charges have been increased from Rs 5,400 to Rs 15,000. The development fee has also gone up from Rs 825 to Rs 12,000, they said.
Despite repeated attempts, the school management did not respond to requests for comment on Sunday’s incident.