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Parents burn effigy of education mafia in Ludhiana

Protesting against the “undue demands” of private schools, members of the parents’ association burned an effigy depicting the education mafia on the occasion of Dussehra.

punjab Updated: Oct 12, 2016 12:58 IST
HT Correspondent
Members of parents’ association burning the effigy of school mafia at Bharat Nagar Chowk in Ludhiana on Tuesday.
Members of parents’ association burning the effigy of school mafia at Bharat Nagar Chowk in Ludhiana on Tuesday.(Gurminder Singh/HT Photo)

Protesting against the “undue demands” of private schools, members of the parents’ association burned an effigy depicting the education mafia on the occasion of Dussehra.

Sawroop Singh, member of parents’ association, said that to celebrate victory of good over evil, we are burning the education mafia effigy to present our agitation against schools which have commercialised the education.

The regular fee hike, unsafe school transport, forcing to buy books of different publishers, has harassed the parents.

“The efforts of parents in form of protests and challenging the schools’ move in courts have brought some success. Some schools have been ordered to return money, while fee regulatory committee has given stay on fee instructing schools to exempt the students from paying the fees,” Singh said.

Singh added that on receiving complaints from the parents, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) issued a circular on September 29 to all CBSE affiliated private schools instructing them to upload the details on their website regarding school’s infrastructure, facilities available, number of students, number of teachers, teachers’ salary, information about the other staff, and the audited balance sheet by October 31.

Parents also demanded investigation alleging that managements of some schools transfer school funds to their own business.