Fee hike: Noida administration gives private schools seven days to reply to complaints
The district administration has given three days to parents to submit complaints against private schools in the district and seven days for schools to respond to the allegations levelled by parents.
The decision was taken in a meeting held on Tuesday evening by newly appointed district magistrate BN Singh, who met parents and school representatives of Gautam Budh Nagar over the issue of fee hike.
“After listening to the complaints of parents, we have decided to give three days to all parents so that they can register their complaints against different schools and submit it to the district inspector of schools (DIOS) Bhim Singh. The complaints should be regarding fee hike and non-compliance of guidelines set by the CBSE and the state government,” BN Singh said.
Singh further said once all complaints are received, they will be compiled and sent to various schools, seeking their replies.
“The school bodies will have to respond to the allegations within seven days by submitting a report to the DIOS. This report must contain facts and figures validating the claims made by the school management against the complaints put forward by parents,” Singh said.
For the past one month, hundreds of Noida and Greater Noida parents have been protesting against the fee hike announced by different private schools, calling it unjustified and arbitrary.
Parent bodies have held several protests in front of Noida schools calling for a rollback of the hike. They had also gathered in front of the collectorate office demanding the immediate intervention of the district administration. When no recourse came their way, the protesters also met chief minister Yogi Adityanath, BJP national president Amit Shah and Noida MLA Pankaj Singh over the issue.
Taking cognizance of the continued protests by parents, the DM said reports submitted by schools will be investigated thoroughly.
“If we find irregularity in any report regarding compliance of rules and regulations set by the CBSE and the state government, we will recommend action against these schools to the CBSE and the state government,” the DM said.
Parents have welcomed the move of the new DM and said it is a commendable step. However, they are demanding a clear directive from the state government regarding the issue of fee hike and the constitution of a regulatory body for private schools in the state.
“We will be content only when there is a clear directive from the state government regarding fee hike in private schools. Until then, we will follow what the district administration has asked us to do,” said Vivek, a parent.