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Noida: Parents hold protest on DND Flyway against private schools

Parents in other cities of NCR have also been protesting ‘arbitrary’ fee hike by schools

noida Updated: May 29, 2017 23:00 IST
Vaibhav Jha
Vaibhav Jha
Hindustan Times
Parents have been demanding a cap on fee hike by private schools for the past three months in Noida and other cities.(Sunil Ghosh/HT Photo)

Dozens of parents held a protest near Delhi-Noida-Delhi Flyway on Monday morning against the alleged arbitrary fee hike by private schools in the city.

However, traffic was not affected in the busy morning hours due to the cooperation extended by the agitating parents and the presence of adequate police personnel.

Parents have been demanding a cap on fee hike by private schools for the past three months in Noida and different cities of Delhi-NCR.

“Private schools have become so expensive these days that it is difficult​ for parents to sustain themselves and provide for their children’s education simultaneously. It is the duty of the government to provide affordable education to children and it is sad that parents have to take to the streets on a Monday to demand what should have been rightfully theirs — the right to affordable education,” said Vinita Aditya, a parent​.

Several parents’ bodies have approached the UP government officials on many occasions demanding their intervention in the issue.

Recently, UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath formed a nine-member committee to probe the issue of fee hike by private schools. However, the decision of the committee was not acceptable to parents who believe that the committee was not properly represented to ensure the welfare of parents and students.

“Government schools cannot provide quality education and private schools are ripping us off. We demand a cap on fee charged by schools,” said Ritu Sinha, another parent.

The parents have now demanded that the state government introduce a regulatory body, which will ensure their equal participation in the workings of the school along with the school management.

“Schools should consult parents through a representative body for revising the fee. Every affiliated school should publish the annual report listing the details of infrastructure, teachers, students and their affiliation status,” Alok Shroff, a parent.

The protest, which began at 7.30am, ended at 9.30am, after parents formed a human chain and demanded the government’s intervention.

Traffic was not disrupted during the protest.

“They had sought permission from us before holding the protest and they agitated near the wide side of the DND Flyway. There was no disruption of traffic,” said Bijender Bhadana, station house officer, Expressway police station.

First Published: May 29, 2017 21:50 IST