The district administration has finished the probe against two private schools in Noida on the issue of fee hike and the probing committee will be forwarding its report to the district magistrate and joint director of education (Meerut) in the next few days.
The probe committee headed by city magistrate Ramanuj Singh has found many irregularities in the functioning of two schools in Noida — Delhi Public School, GB Nagar, and Khaitan Public School. However, Singh refused to share details of the committee report saying that it is in the “preparation stage”.
“We were assigned to probe the workings of these two schools on 16 points laid down by UP government for functioning of schools. These two schools have failed on many aspects and the details will be made public once we submit the report to district magistrate and joint director of education in Meerut,” said Ramanuj Singh, city magistrate, Noida.
Joint director of education Mahendra Dev said the future course of action will be taken once the report reaches him.
“I had written a letter to DPS in the first week of April asking it to state the reason for hiking the fee and then removing the names of fee defaulters. The school had not given me any satisfactory response and I had written to the Central Board of Secondary Education to take action against the school,” Dev said.
After 20 days of continued protest by Noida parents against the alleged unjustified fee hike by private schools, the district administration formed a probe committee a week ago. The committee comprised three officials city magistrate, district inspector of schools and basic education officer and was asked to probe allegations made against private schools in the district.
Many parents had alleged that private schools have raised their fee in an unjustified manner without any discussions with parents. They also contended that private schools were charging heavy amounts in the name of building fee, annual charges and development fee. Several parents refused to pay the fee.
However, parent groups are still not content with the response of the district administration and has accused them of shielding the private schools.
“They can play this game of forwarding committee reports to each other but unless there is a concrete action, parents will not be pacified. This is an act of tokenism,” said Sudhir, a parent.