To demand a regulatory body to monitor the functioning of private schools in the district, Gautam Budh Nagar Parents’ Association (GBNPA) has decided to meet Prakash Javadekar, the newly-appointed Union minister for Human Resource Development.
The decision was taken on Sunday at a meeting of GBNPA members at Jagat Farms in Greater Noida. The association has been fighting against private schools arbitrarily hiking school fee. Members have demanded for a regulatory body to monitor the functioning of private schools and keep a tab on their fee structure.
“We are soon going to hold talks with new HRD minister and demand a regulatory body for the district. CBSE schools are governed by the Centre and the state government has a limited role to play in the matter. Therefore, we parents are often caught in the confusion and schools benefit from this situation. We now demand a regulatory body that will be solely concerned with private schools,” said Niti Srivastava, president, GBNPA.
“Last month, we had written to the CM regarding fee hike and now his office has asked the Basic Shiksha Adhikari (basic education officer) to act on it. We are going to meet him soon so that a solution can be found,” said Srivastava.
Many parents have complained about the steep hike in fees introduced by various schools. Recently, a group of parents had also protested outside a private school in the city, demanding that the school authorities roll back the 14% annual fee hike.
“Many schools have increased their fees claiming that they intend to increase the salary of their teachers according to the 7th pay commission. However, in reality, many teachers have complained to us that they are not even paid according to the 6th pay commission. Transporters too are paid lower than the amount they are contracted for. This shows how private schools are making a killing at the cost of parents,” said Srivastava.