Even though deputy commissioner Ravi Bhagat had directed the private schools to reduce development charges by 30% and hike fee only by five percent, some schools are not implementing the orders fuelling protests by parents.
Parents of students studying in four schools — Harkrishan Public School, Guru Nanak Senior Secondary School, Teja Singh Swatantar Senior Secondary Memorial School and DGSG School — blocked the Gill Road at Shimlapuri for more than six hours on Monday.
The protest that began at 7am and continued till 1.30pm caused traffic snarls causing inconvenience to commuters.
Besides, a delegation of parents met deputy commissioner and requested him to issue notices to the schools that were not following the orders of district administration.
Manjit Singh, a parent, whose child is studying in DGSG School, said, “The school increases fee every year and is not following DC’s orders. We have met the school management several times, but to no avail.”
He said, “We were forced to block the road as school authorities are not paying heed to our issues and even misbehaved with us. We demand strict action against such schools which are not complying with the orders.”
Harpreet Singh Mann, a member of the delegation, which met the DC, said, “We submitted the names of some schools which were not implementing the orders. The fee structure of these schools is same, but they are charging increased fee from parents. The DC has assured us that fee will be reduced and a meeting with these schools will be conducted on Wednesday.”
Deputy commissioner Ravi Bhagat said, “We had resolved the issue between private school managements and parents amicably. School will be directed again to reduce development charges by 30% and increase fee by 5%.”
On March 17, the DC formed a committee, including additional deputy commissioner (ADC, general) Ajay Sood, ADC (grievances) Kanu Thind, district attorney (legal), district education officer (secondary) Paramjit Kaur Chahal, district education officer (elementary) Gurjot Singh, five representatives of private unaided schools and five representatives of parents of different schools as its members, to resolve the issue.
After two meetings on April 6, The DC had directed the schools to decrease development charges by 30% and increase tuition fee by not more than 5%, but on April 8, a total of 23 private schools in the district refused to obey the DC’s orders.