After a low turnout at last month’s protest against fee hike, Mumbai parents have started a missed call and WhatsApp campaign to garner support for their agitation on May 21.
The Forum for Fairness in Education, a parents and teachers body, plans to send bulk messages to 22 lakh parents across the city.
“Friends, we are fighting for your rights so that your children can get better education at reasonable fees. Don’t you think your participation will make huge difference,” read the messages being circulated.
A missed call campaign started on Monday.
Parents can give a missed call on 02230256822 to show their solidarity to the cause. A report on the number of calls received will be sent to the education department.
By Monday evening, the number reportedly received around 502 missed calls
Parents are hoping that they will be able to put pressure on the government to take action against fee hikes.
“These steps are being taken to ensure more people come for the protest,” said Jayant Jain, president of the Forum for Fairness.
Jain said that the protest on April 20 had failed to create an impact – it had watered down to parents shouting slogans for a few hours at Azad Maidan – as they didn’t get the permission to observe an indefinite hunger strike.
Parents have sent letters to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and education minister Vinod Tawde to ensure the Maharashtra Educational Institutions Collection of Fee Regulation Act, 2011 is enforced strictly.
Last week, the government appointed an expert committee to review the existing fee regulation act and suggest amendments to.it. But parents feel this is a delaying tactic. “ Amending the Act will take few years. There will be indiscriminate fee hikes if the government allows the present act to be enforced,” said Jain.
- Stop selling books, uniforms, stationery & other school essentials in school or through an agent
- A CAG audit of all schools, no fee hike till then
- Prescribe limit for all fees such as security deposit, admission fee, activities fee, laboratory & library fee, among others
- Bring transparency in PTA elections.