Around 500 parents of students of Arya Gurukul Vidyalaya in Kalyan (east) staged a protest on the school premises on Saturday. The parents were protesting against the hike of annual fees from Rs 16,000 to Rs 22,500.
Vinod Singh, vice-president of the Parent-Teacher Association, said: “The school has collected Rs 50,000-60,000 as donation from every parent, besides the fees. Last year, they hiked the fees by 35 per cent saying the teachers’ needed to be paid according to the 5th Pay Commission. What is the need to hike the fees this year?”
“The current fees are three times of what I had paid when I enrolled by child here,” said Janardhan Sharma, a parent.
They were also agitated by the unnecessary expenditure that the school has undertaken. Singh said, “What is the need for the school to pay
Rs 42 lakh as rent, when the director of the school, Bharat Malik, owns it? They even spent Rs 8 lakh on advertising for the school. It is a school, not a firm.”
Though vice-principal Priya Rajwade sympathised with the parents, she said the fee hike was unavoidable.
“The CBSE pattern has changed this year so we need more teachers. Besides, the school is shouldering a lot of losses. But if the parents have a problem, they can discuss them issues with the trustees,” she added.