Gurgaon: DPSG demands hiked fee, parents meet fee panel chairman
The parents said that on Tuesday, they received a fee slip that included a Rs 9,300 penalty for not paying the revised fee for the first and second quarter.gurgaon Updated: Aug 02, 2017 22:47 IST
Parents of students of Delhi Public School Ghaziabad (DPSG), Palam Vihar, on Wednesday claimed that school was demanding a hiked fee though the fee and fund regulatory committee (FFRC) had directed it not to do so.
In June, D Suresh, chairman of the FFRC, had issued an order asking the school to roll back the hiked fee and not demand an advance fee.
The parents said that on Tuesday, they received a fee slip that included a Rs 9,300 penalty for not paying the revised fee for the first and second quarter.
The parents alleged that teachers at the school are harassing students who have not paid the hiked fee.
“It is shameful to harass students for the fee, while there is a dispute about the fee and the school management, parents and the administration are trying to resolve the matter,” Sanjay Sudarshan, a parent.
Hundreds of parents, who have been protesting against the unregulated fee hike over the last four months, met the FFRC chairman on Wednesday morning.
“We presented the fee slip to him and requested him to look into the matter. He had earlier issued an order rolling back the fee, but the school has instead demanded that we pay the hiked fee and a penalty too,” said Yashesh Yadav, a parent.
Another parent Jasvinder Singh said, “School has issued fee slips for the second quarter in contempt of the FFRC order. Students are subject to trauma. They are made to stand in front of the whole class for not paying the hiked fee. Children have refused to go to school to avoid the humiliation.”
D Suresh has called an emergency meeting on Thursday and has directed that the school management and parents be present to ensure that the management comply with the orders he had passed in June.
“I have called a meeting on Thursday and the school will have to comply with the order. They cannot raise the fee. The question of a penalty doesn’t even arise. I am sure there is some misunderstanding and they (school) have to comply with the orders,” he said.
The school management, meanwhile, has appealed to the top officials in the education department in Chandigarh and another meeting is fixed for August 8.
“We have appealed to the additional secretary, education, against the order. We are waiting for the appeal’s outcome. As the divisional commissioner has called us on Thursday, we will attend that meeting,” said Sudhir Chitnis, senior administrator, DPSG, said.
DPSG had written to the divisional commissioner in May stating that the Form 6, as per rules, is filed only by a recognised school. Since DPSG is still awaiting recognition, there was no need for it to submit Form 6, the school had claimed.
“The school has duly filed Form 1 as per Rule 20(I) of the Haryana Education Rules and had obtained permission to start the school. Soon after, Form 2 was filed with all documents on September 16, 2016, for recognition by the department of education which, despite several reminders, is still awaited,” Chitnis said.