Parents staging a protest against the tuition fee charged by private schools in Ludhiana on Wednesday.(HT Photo)
Parents staging a protest against the tuition fee charged by private schools in Ludhiana on Wednesday.(HT Photo)

Parents’ association protests against Punjab education minister on Facebook live

Accuses education minister Vijay Inder Singla of allowing private schools to charge their tuition fee on monthly or quarterly basis from the parents
Hindustan Times, Ludhiana | By HT Correspondent, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON MAY 28, 2020 04:54 AM IST

Four members of Parents’ Association, Punjab, went live on Facebook on Wednesday and raised questions to an effigy of state education minister Vijay Inder Singla for changing his statement related to collection of school fee amid the Covid-19 lockdown.

They accused the minister of allowing private schools to charge tuition fee on monthly or quarterly basis from parents. The members stated that on April 10, the minister had announced that no private school will charge any fee in view of the Covid-19 pandemic. “But then on May 14, he changed the statement and allowed private schools to charge the tuition fee,” they said.

Rajinder Ghai, president of the association, said, “The parents were forced to protest due to the financial constraints caused by the lockdown. People are thinking about survival at this crucial time and the private schools are sending messages to parents to submit the tuition fee and other charges.”

Since May 19, this is the sixth protest in Ludhiana by parents of different associations against private schools forcing them to submit the fee.

Meanwhile, another protest was held by the members of Shiv Sena, Punjab, and parents of students from various different schools outside the deputy commissioner’s (DC) office. Flouting the social distancing norms, parents and members of Shiv Sena protested for an hour, raising slogans against the schools. They also submitted a memorandum to the DC.

Chairman of Shiv Sena, Punjab, Rajiv Tandon, said, “Private schools have been sending messages in the WhatsApp groups formed by teachers and highlighting the names of the students whose parents have not submitted the fee. The government should not allow the private schools to charge any fee as the schools have been closed. The government needs to intervene and take a decision to provide relief to the parents.”

“Parents have been staying at home for the last two months. How will they pay the fee? If the state government fails to provide relief to the parents, then we will continue to protest,” he added.

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