On Tuesday morning Ashok Pawar received a post from his children’s school, Vishwa Jyot School in Navi Mumbai. When he opened the envelope he found school leaving certificates of his two sons, who are in Classes 1 and 3.
Pawar’s children were expelled because he was one of the parents protesting the 40 per cent fee hike introduced in the school this year.
Parents allege the school is skirting the new norms issued by the state on July 15, which puts restrictions on fees that can be charged by private schools.
“Over and above the fee hike the school is also charging fees such as the Rs 2,000 miscellaneous fees and Rs 1,800 as elocution fees which are not allowed,” said Jayant Jain, president of Forum for Fairness in Education, who will approach the deputy director of education against the expulsion.
The school is upset over the way in which parents have protested and said the increase is for the teachers; salaries as per the 6th Pay Commission.
“We are open to discussing the fee hike with parents. We even offered parents with lower incomes a concession on fees but they only want to scream slogans outside my office,” said Sushma Dhumal, director of the school.
The decision of the fee hike was made after meetings with parents and the Parents’ Teachers Association and the management in February 2010.
Other parents supported the school. “Almost 350 of the 800 parents attended the meeting and though there were objections to the hike, the final vote was in favour of the hike,” said Dr P.K. Joshi, whose child studies in Class 7.