Parents form group to fight against fee hike by private schools in Noida

  • Dhananjay Jha, Hindustan Times, Greater Noida
  • Updated: Apr 18, 2016 15:55 IST
Parents of students studying in private schools holding a meeting at Greater Noida on Sunday. They have demanded that the school authorities be given directions by the Gautam Budh Nagar administration to rollback the ‘arbitrary’ school fee hike. (HT Photo)

Parents of children studying in private schools in the district have decided to register their protest with Gautam Budh Nagar district magistrate NP Singh against the increase in fees by school authorities.

The parents gathered in sector Beta 1 in Greater Noida on Sunday under the banner of Gautam Budh Nagar (GBN) Parents’ Association to decide the course of action after some private schools hiked their fees by 15% and above.

The parents will submit a memorandum to Singh on Monday demanding a direction to the schools to withdraw the increase in fee affected by them for the academic year 2016-17.

“We will meet the DM and hand him a letter with details of fee hikes in the past three years by all major private schools that basically have made it practice to hike fees every year without any justification. I will have to pay `1 lakh for my child’s education in 2016-17. The figure was nearly Rs 85,000 in the last academic year. This increase of Rs15,000 is a major burden on parents. We want the administration to put a cap on fee hike and make the system transparent,” said Niti Srivastava, president of GBN Parents Association.

The association has also formed a WhatsApp group to add parents from across the national capital region (NCR).

“There are over 100 schools in Noida and Greater Noida that continue to make unjustified hikes in school fees, unchecked by the district administration. We have also noticed that schools have increased bus fee (conveyance). It was Rs 3,900 for 2015-16 in some schools and now it is Rs 4,600. We are surprised to see such a steep hike. That is why we have decided to form a parents’ association to strengthen our protest,” said Harinder Bhati, vice president of the association and president of Active Citizens’ Team, a civil society group in Greater Noida.

While Bhati said that these schools have got land at concessional rates from the authority under whose jurisdiction they fall, other parents added that there has been no development in school buildings and buses in the past 10 years in these schools, but still the increased fee structures include a mandatory development fee every year.

Santosh Kumar, in-charge, institutions, Noida authority, said, “The authority does not have control on the structure of school fee and increase in them. It is difficult to say whether the fee hike is right or wrong, but the administration can certainly handle the issue in a fair manner.”

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