Parents agitating over the alleged overcharging issue entered the Shiv Jyoti Public School premises on Monday morning and held a protest again, following which a wary school management called in police.
The protesting parents also stopped school buses going to pick children from their homes.
Fearing protest, the school had deployed police outside for the past couple of days, especially in the backdrop of parents holding demonstrations against many schools across the city. While all this was happening on Monday, the school appeared more of an arena with anxious teachers and students standing outside the classrooms to see what unfolded there as soon as the police and slogan-raising parents came face to face.
The parents were not allowed to go beyond the fee counter and meet the school principal.
They alleged that while the principal had claimed that admission fee will not be taken before April 30, the reality was different. Principal Ravi Suta said that she never forced any parent to come.
“I have been getting calls from parents who want to come and get their wards admitted. The parents’ not letting schools buses pick students is unfortunate. When I have told them to come on April 30 to meet the management, why are they creating ruckus unnecessarily,” Suta said.
Police division-3 station house officer (SHO) Sukhwinder Singh Buttar reached the spot to pacify the agitating parents.
The parents, however, refused to budge and showed him the copy of the Punjab and Haryana high court order that says that schools cannot charge readmission fee.
Then the SHO met the principal and asked her to arrange a meeting of agitating parents with the school chairman. To this, the principal replied that it was not possible for the management to come and hold a meeting with the parents before April 30.
The SHO said that atmosphere at the school was getting vitiated due to the ongoing protest and he will approach the deputy commissioner and request him to intervene into the issue.
The police got the school into an agreement with the parents that it will not take admission fee before April 30 and that the latter will not demonstrate on the premises till then.
Vinod Kumar claimed that he changed his daughter’s school because Shiv Jyoti Public School deliberately got her failed in the Class 9 examination
“I had protested against the fee hike last year, after which the school got my daughter failed in her exams, as a result of which she went into depression,” Kumar claimed.
Sanyogita, whose child studies in Class 2, said the school was increasing fee every year and it was not acceptable. “How will we pay such hefty fees? We are middle-class people and not millionaires,” she said.