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Parents on streets of Gurgaon in protest at fee hike; DPSG still trying to get recognition

Parents took to the streets outside Delhi Public School Ghaziabad to protest a fee hike. School authorities, however, said that they were focused on getting the status of the school ratified and that the fee hike would remain

gurgaon Updated: May 11, 2017 22:46 IST
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Ignoring the summer heat, over 200 parents stood outside the DPS Ghaziabad school gate and shouted slogans against the police and the management.(HT Photo)

Harassed parents of children studying in Delhi Public School Ghaziabad (DPSG) held a protest on Thursday against the rise in fees, despite divisional commissioner D Suresh stating that in the current scenario, the fee hike was not possible.

Unmindful of the summer heat, over 200 parents stood outside the school gate and shouted slogans against the police and the management.

Although the school management had declared a holiday on Thursday in the wake of protests, parents managed to enter the school premises. The school management then called the police to defuse the situation.

The parents, however, alleged that the school management was threatening them over fee hike. “The school management is neither listening to us nor to directions issued by the government. They are also not adhering to the directions issued by the FFRC (Fee and Fund Regulatory Committee). This agitation will continue till the fee hike is not rolled back”, said Yashesh Yadav, one of the protesting parents.

Another parent alleged that the DPSG management had duped them by running an illegal school. “They don’t have permissions and they did not reveal the status of the school. Why should parents be told later about all this?” said Madhu Singh.

After the protest began, school officials agreed to meet some parent representatives and allowed them inside the school.

The management also said their senior executives had gone to Chandigarh today (Thursday) to get authorisation and recognition for the school .

“The parents did come to meet the management despite it being an off. They broke a door and entered the school which was wrong. As far as fee hike is concerned, whatever is done is within rules and it won’t be rolled back,” Sudhir Chitnis, senior administrator, DPSG, said.

The school will remain closed till the recognition is given but the now parents are threatening to bring students on Friday, said Chitnis.

DPSG has also written a letter to the divisional commissioner on Thursday stating that the Form 6, as per rules, is filed only by a recognised school. Since DPSG is still awaiting recognition there was no need to submit Form 6, the letter stated.

D Suresh on Monday met parents of students from four schools and school representatives and had said that Delhi Public School Ghaziabad (DPSG) at Palam Vihar, and Vega School in Sector 48 have not submitted Form 6 under Haryana school education rules and so the schools were not eligible to increase their fees.

First Published: May 11, 2017 19:56 IST