Don’t give schools f(r)ee hand, parents tell dy commissioner

  • Aseem Bassi, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Apr 22, 2016 19:46 IST
Parents raising slogans during a protest outside Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School in Amritsar on Wednesday. (Sameer Sehgal/HT Photo)

Parents protesting against the exorbitant fee and other means being adopted by the schools to fleece them marched up to the office of deputy commissioner Varun Roojam, seeking his intervention and action against erring managments. Parents also staged protests outside a couple of schools.

Unhappy with the attitude of the district administration so far, the parents alleged that schools were “looting” them in the name of annual fee hike, diktats on buying books and uniforms, besides sundry charges, still the authorities were playing a mute spectator.

The day started with hundreds of parents and students protesting outside the Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School at Golden Avenue. Parents and students sat at the main gate and staged a vociferous protest, forcing the school administration to close the school for the day.

The parents started the dharna at around 7am and stayed put for the next five hours. They alleged that high fee and other expenses being charged by schools were uncalled for and a burden on them.

They criticised the government for not taking steps to rein in the private school managements, who, they said, were working in a dictatorial manner.

As the district administration has been facing criticism for adopting a casual approach on the issue, agitating parents on Wednesday walked up to the office of deputy commissioner Varun Roojam. As Roojam was leaving office for some work, the parents stopped him and handed over a complaint to him against various schools.

The parents urged the deputy commissioner to take action against the schools that were charging unreasonable fee and also burdening the parents with sundry charges.

“We are being troubled by the schools. They tell us to buy books, uniform, shoes from specific shops. We have been raising the matter since long but nobody has bothered to intervene. We want action against schools for making available booked at exorbitant rates by tampering with the MRPs.”

The DC assured the parents of favourable solution to the issue.

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