A group of parents of students studying in Delhi Public School, Gautam Budh Nagar, will be approaching UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath and the deputy CMs, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president Amit Shah and Noida member of legislative assembly (MLA) Pankaj Singh over the school management’s recent decision to remove over 60 children from their rolls.
The 60-70 parents have been protesting for the past one year against the 14% hike in school fee and Rs27,300 as annual fee. Despite several meetings and negotiations, the school and the parents have been unable to reach a consensus.
On Saturday evening, more than 60 parents received a snippet as e-mail from school principal Indira Kohli. It read, “Dear parent, this is to inform you that the name of your ward of class and section (...) has been struck off from the school rolls on account of non-payment of fee for the entire academic year 2016-17.”
Parents said they were shell shocked after receiving the email and are now planning to approach the state’s elected representatives.
“All orders by the state government were in our favour. Still, the school management has decided to punish our children. We will approach every possible venue to get justice,” said Pallavi, a parent.
The parents’ group also intends to sit on a hunger strike if the state and Central governments do not pay heed to their pleas.
Bhim Singh, district inspector of schools (DIOS), said the matter concerns the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). “If the school management is adamant on not reducing the fees, the parents should approach the CBSE as the matter comes under the board’s purview,” he said.
Meanwhile, Indira Kohli, DPS principal, said, “Our school is a private body teaching over 2,400 children and the 14% hike was necessary due to (the requirements of the) seventh pay commission in order to meet the staff salary. Their (the parents’) contention against annual charges are illegal and there should be no exceptions for a few disgruntled, adamant parents.”