Apeejay School: Parents demand rollback of fee hike, stage protest

  • Dhananjay Jha, Hindustan Times, Noida
  • Updated: Jul 17, 2016 00:18 IST
Unmindful of the downpour, parents protested against the fee hike outside Apeejay School in Sector 16A on Saturday. (Burhaan Kinu/HT Photo)

Parents of students studying in Apeejay School protested against the fees hike in front of the school premises in Sector 16A and demanded a rollback in fees for the current academic session.

The demand for rollback in school fees has been gaining momentum over the last few weeks. Earlier, parents of students studying in Delhi Public School, sectors 132 and 30, had protested on July 3 and 8 respectively.

Despite heavy rain on Saturday, parents gathered with posters and banners outside the school premises. The parents demanded a meeting with the school management but were refused permission to meet the school principal.

The parents later decided to submit a memorandum to the city magistrate.

“We tried our best to meet the principal but the school ignored our plea. We are sorry to say that private schools are behaving arbitrarily with regard to fees hike. As we (parents) pay fees for our kids, why should the schools not allow us to have our say in the fee-hike decision? Why not set up a committee of parents, schools and administration to resolve the issue permanently? We have been demanding a committee and rollback of fees for the present financial year only,” Pooja Kohli, a parent, said.

“We sat on peaceful protest in the rain with an umbrella and banners in our hands to mark our resentment against the unjustified fees hike. We want to convey our unhappiness over the issue to the schools in Gautam Budh Nagar and the district administration. We will continue to protest until our grievances are addressed,” Sanjiv Jain, a parent, said. He said that the city magistrate was not available but they submitted the memorandum at his office.

The management of Apeejay School was not available for comment.

Parents across the district have decided to hold a collective demonstration on July 20 at the camp office of the district magistrate in Sector 27.

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