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Parents continue protest against fee hike, say private schools want them to pay up

Parents of students studying at the Pratap Nagar and KM Munshi Marg branches of Vidyashram school gathered at the KM Munshi Marg branch to stage their protest.

jaipur Updated: Apr 28, 2018 21:35 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Jaipur
Rajasthan news
Parents protest at Vidyashram school on Saturday. (HT PHOTO)

Continuing their agitation against fee hike, parents protested inside the premises of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Vidyashram and St Angela Sophia Senior Secondary School on Saturday.

Parents of students studying at the Pratap Nagar and KM Munshi Marg branches of Vidyashram school gathered at the KM Munshi Marg branch to stage their protest. They alleged that the school authority has been pressurising students to pay the hiked fees.

School authorities called the police to disperse the parents from the premises. When contacted, principal Vidya Sharma refused to comment on the matter.

The school hiked the fee by 25 to 40 percent since the beginning of the new session in April. Parents have voiced their dissent and have filed a writ in the high court challenging the fee hike. The school, on the other hand, also filed a writ challenging the authority of the education department to regulate the school fees.

“The school administration has been harassing students and threatening to take them to the police if their dues are not cleared,” a parent said on condition of anonymity.

Parents alleged that the school authorities have been singling out students who have not yet paid their fees and threatening to take action against them. The school has extended the last date for the submission of fees to April 30.

Director of secondary education Nathmal Didel has given the school a final chance to present their case in person at the directorate on Monday. In case the school representatives failed to show up, the directorate would have the liberty to cancel the school’s No Objection Certificate (NOC), Didel had said.

The final warning was given to the school after they failed to comply with Didel’s notice and did not show up on Thursday.

A protest was also staged in front of St Angela Sophia Senior Secondary School by some parents who alleged that the school has hiked the fees by 35 per cent this year.

The school’s principal Sister Ramona denied the allegations. “We have raised the fees by 14 per cent, that too, in compliance with the provisions of the fee regulation Act. The hike is mostly to meet the expense of teachers’ salaries,” Sister Ramona said.

Under the Fee Regulation Act, private schools are supposed to form fee regulation committees with representatives from the school and parents to decide on the fee hike. However, since the beginning of the new session in April, several schools raised the fees by a considerable amount, which led to the protest. The aggrieved parents said that the schools did not form any committee nor consulted the parents and raised the fees arbitrarily.

First Published: Apr 28, 2018 21:35 IST