The deadlock between the administration of Delhi Public School in Gautam Budh Nagar and parents of students over the annual charges and fee hike continued. The district inspector of schools (DIOS), Bhim Singh, had arranged a meeting between the two parties on Tuesday but it ended in a stalemate.
“I have assured parents that their problems will be solved in a democratic way and no child will be denied education,” Singh said.
A parent said, “Both parties refused to change their stance on the annual charge. While parents said that we will not pay the annual charge, the school administration was adamant that the names of children of such parents will be struck off the rolls from the next session.”
A group of parents have been protesting the 14% fee hike and the annual charge of ₹27,300 in the fees structure of Delhi Public School in Noida’s Sector 132.
The parents have been protesting the fee hike for over a year. They alleged that DPS increased its annual charge from ₹10,000 to ₹27,300 in the last five years.
“DPS charges around ₹1,25,000 every year from each parent, which includes the annual charge of ₹27,300. Many parents consider this charge to be unjustified. Many have decided not to pay this charge from the next session,” Anurag, a parent, said.
Many parents had threatened to go on a hunger strike in the past against the annual charge. The DPS administration had also threatened to strike off the names of students if their parents did not pay the annual charge.
However, DPS principal, Indira Kohli, declined to comment on the cancellation of admission. She said, “Fee heads are as per as the UP education department (sic)”.