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Parents plan collective protest against fee hike

noida Updated: Jul 14, 2016 16:18 IST
Dhananjay Jha
Dhananjay Jha
Hindustan Times
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Parents have been protesting against fee hike by private schools in Gautam Budh Nagar since the start of the current academic session. (SUNIL GHOSH/HT)

After protests against some schools in the last couple of weeks, the parents are now planning to hold a collective protest against all private schools over “unreasonable fee hike”.

The parents whose children are in Apeejay School, DPS, Pathways and Step by Step, among others, have appealed to all parents of Gautam Budh Nagar (GBN) district to gather in Sector 132 on Saturday.

“We have appealed to the parents of the district to stand united in our fight against private schools over unreasonable fee hike. We will gather in Sector 132 as two prominent schools are located there and parents have held a protest there in the past as well. There are six to seven big schools that the district administration has also identified as hiking fee unreasonably. We want them to rollback the hike,” said Sanjiv Jain, a parent whose child studies in Apeejay School.

Pooja Kohli, whose children are in Apeejay School, said, “We, like other parents, are also victims of fee hike. We had lent our support to the parents whose children study in Delhi Public School, where protests were held earlier. Now we want a collective protest. Our plan is to unite all parents’ groups for the protest on Saturday.”

The parents are unhappy with the district administration which has failed to extend help so far.

“The district administration wrote to the CBSE about unreasonable fee hike two months ago but nothing has happened so far. The administration still has no answer from the CBSE. We have no option but to launch a protest. We are likely to meet new HRD minister Prakash Javadekar,” said Neeti Srivastav, president of the parents’ association, GBN.

The parents earlier met district magistrate NP Singh, city magistrate Bachhu Singh, former HRD Minister Smriti Irani, CBSE officials and local leaders with their grievance.

“We have lost all hope in the government and are left with no choice but to sit on a peaceful protest and take legal recourse. All parents of the district are united and we have decided to protest every week against different schools,” said Abhas Kumar, a parent whose child studies in Delhi Public School, Sector 30.

The parents are likely to file a petition in Allahabad high court also.

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