After weeks of campaigning against hiked school fees, aggrieved parents of students enrolled in The Khaitan School (TKS) in Sector 40 met the school management on Friday demanding a rollback of its 15% fee hike. However, the school management has reportedly asked for a week to consider the parents’ plea.
The meeting comes after TKS principal Davinder Kaur reportedly refused to meet agitating parents on Wednesday, even as hundreds of them had assembled outside the school gate.
“More than a 100 parents assembled for a meeting with the school management. However, only a handful of us were allowed in for a talk with the principal and representatives of the school. After listening to our problems, they asked for a week to decide,” said Vinod Nair, a parent.
However, Nivedita Singh, another parent, said, “The management is aware of the protest by parents and their demands. Why are they asking for another extension? They are just buying time so that the issue cools down. It is us parents who are under pressure.”
A group of more than 400 parents have been protesting against the school management, demanding rollback of hiked fees and removal of annual charges, among other demands. Parents said the school management has hiked fees by 16.7% in preparatory classes and 15% in other classes. Parents also want concession for the admission of siblings, full waiver of annual charges and use of NCERT books only.
The protesting parents are a part of a bigger association called the Gautam Budh Nagar association of parents, which has been campaigning for a month against hike in fees and other charges by various private schools in the district.
Due to continued protest, district magistrate NP Singh had constituted a probe committee to investigate allegations against the Khaitan School. The committee is headed by the city magistrate and is yet to submit its report to the DM.
“We want a meeting with the school management, the district administration and the press so that there is 100% transparency and us parents are not cheated again,” said Nivedita Singh.
The Khaitan School management refused to comment on the issue.
“We will not be able to offer any statement at this moment,” said Bindu Gupta, a teacher of the school.