The ongoing tussle between parents and private schools in city over fee hike does not seem to be getting resolved. The parents teachers association is up in arms against the schools for levying development charges at the beginning of every session, while the private schools are not giving any lending ear to the repeated demands of the parents.
A delegation of the association met deputy commissioner, Ravi Bhagat, on Monday, and demanded the implementation of the decision of 15 members committee which was formed by the DC. After the meeting, the DC met officials of private schools and asked them to sort out the issue amicably.
Paramjit Kaur Chahal, district education officer, (secondary) denied receiving any orders. “We have not gotten any orders regarding the reduction in fee from DC office. If we receive such orders, we will issue instruction to private schools,” Chahal said.
President of the association Rajinder Ghai said, “We demanded (in the meeting) that the decision to lower developmental charges should be implemented as soon as possible because some schools are not implementing this decision”.
A private school principal, on condition of anonymity said, “we were called for informal meeting and another meeting will be called by the DC soon. We mentioned that we have not increased fee like some other prominent schools in the city and we are running schools on no profit base”.
Tracing the protest
March 17 Parents intensified the agitation against private schools.
March 28 Deputy Commissioner formed 15 members committee to resolve the issue.
March 30 Additional deputy commissioner (ADC, general) Ajay Sood conducted a meeting with five parents and five management members/principals, including both primary and secondary district education officers, but the issue might take one more meeting to be resolved.
April 2 Along with other protest in the city, three parents started a hunger strike against Greenland School.
April 5 Parents call of hunger strike: Parents of Greenland Convent School called off their three-day hunger strike against the school management but claimed that the peaceful protest will be continued till the demands are not met.
April 6 Schools asked to reduce development charges, make minimal hike in tuition fee: Deputy commissioner Ravi Bhagat directed the schools to decrease development charges by 30% and increase tuition fee by only 5%.
April 8 A total of 23 private Schools in the district have refused to obey the DC’s orders. The decision during a meeting by Ludhiana Sahodaya Schools (a body of private schools) held at BCM school Sector 32 on Friday.
April 11 DC convenes meeting with private schools, asks them to sort out the issue.