The city’s education department will probe the finances of Vishwa Jyot School in Kharghar, Navi Mumbai that expelled 10 students on Tuesday because their parents had not paid the hiked fees. The parents approached the department on Wednesday.
“We have approached the deputy director of education to take action against the school and if no substantial action is taken, we are going to sit on a hunger strike,” said Ashok Pawar, father of two children who were expelled.
Pawar added that the department is scheduled to have a joint meeting with the parents and the management of the school on Thursday to resolve the issue.
The ICSE school in Kharghar had increased its fees by 40 per cent — from Rs 1,200 to Rs 1,700 a month — in June.
About 175 parents protested the hike, saying that it was against the recent directives of the state government.
On Tuesday, parents of 10 students received their children’s school leaving certificates by post.
Members of the education department contacted the school after the parents lodged their complaint.
“The department has asked us to submit documents such as our balance sheet, fees during the past three years and salary records of our teaching and non-teaching staff over two years,” said Sushma Dhumal, director of the school, who will provide these documents to the department on Thursday.
“They want us to be able to justify our fee hike,” she said.
While some parents continue their agitation, other parents whose children were sent the letter have requested the school to readmit their children and promised to pay the fees.
“One parent of two visited us later in the day and paid the fees, her children will be allowed to attend school from tomorrow,” said Saraswati Ramesh, administrator at the school.
The decision on fee hike was done after meetings with parents and the Parents’ Teachers Association (PTA) and the management in February.