Even as the district administration held a meeting with the school heads and asked them to submit the fee details for each class for the current and the last sessions to the DEO (secondary), parents are not impressed. On Friday, parents protested again and raised slogans against the “loot” by private schools and resolved to continuing with the agitation.
Parents accused the administration of not been able to come out with a clear policy and a few termed the steps taken by deputy commissioner Varun Roojam a eyewash.
District education officer (secondary) Satinder Bir Singh said the matter would be resolved on priority. “Parents are agitated and I am visiting them at the protest sites. I am telling them that the matter is being taken up seriously. I am waiting for the school heads to submit me the detailed fee structure by Monday. The school which fail to do so would be taken to task,” he said. The DEO will also conduct inspections in schools against which complaints had been received and check fee records and shops, if any, on the premises.
“I will constitute an inspection team. This matter will also be taken up with the fee committee for further action. Schools with more than 10% hike will have to roll it back and if they do not do so, they will face the consequences. We will definitely give names of violator schools to the CBSE, recommending de-affiliation.” “We will make fix the annual fee-hike limit between 7-10% and every school has to abide by it. It will be announced in the next meeting,” he said.
Friday witnessed the third day of protests outside Sri Guru Harkrishan Public School (Golden Avenue) and the school had to be closed for the day. The DEO tried to pacify the protesters, but they didn’t relent, saying they wanted action and not assurances.
A parent, Dharambir Singh Mahiya, said, “We will be taking out a protest march on Monday. We do not trust the verbal assurances and will keep mounting pressure on the administration. Despite approaching the DC a number of times, he only held a meeting and then passed the buck. Why can’t DC Varun Roojam fix the fee hike for city schools? We won’t call the stir off till something concrete comes out.”
Protesters Gurdev Singh and Ranjeev Sharma said, “If the DEO says he will make sure schools abide by the regulations then he should take some concrete steps and get them implemented. If the administration feels that a mere meeting will pacify the parents, they are mistaken.”