Fee Hike: Take strong steps like Ghaziabad admin, parents tell Noida admin
Recently, the sub divisional magistrate of Loni, Ghaziabad, passed an order to Salwan Public School in Tronica City asking them to roll back hiked fee and reply within a weeknoida Updated: Apr 20, 2017 22:55 IST
After holding protests against private schools across Delhi-NCR over a steep hike in fees, the agitating parents in Noida have demanded that the district administration take strict steps against these schools on the lines of the Ghaziabad administration.
Recently, the sub divisional magistrate of Loni, Ghaziabad, passed an order to Salwan Public School in Tronica City asking them to roll back hiked fee and reply within a week. The administration said that should it fail to reply within the stipulated time, the school will face action under Section 133 (conditional order for removal of nuisance) of CrPC and Section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant).
Noida-based parents welcomed the move of the Ghaziabad administration saying that such ‘concrete steps’ need to be taken by the Gautam Budh Nagar administration as well.
“We have been protesting against the school fee hike for the past one month and thousands of worried parents have joined us. We have approached chief minister Yogi Adityanath, BJP president Amit Shah, Noida MLA Pankaj Singh and HRD minister Prakash Javadekar. However, it is the attitude of the local administration that has disappointed us the most,” said Kirti (name changed), a parent.
After a fortnight of protest by parents, the district magistrate, NP Singh, had set up a commission to probe allegations of wrongdoings against two private schools in the district. The commission is headed by the city magistrate, district inspector of schools and district basic education officer. The panel will forward a probe report to district magistrate and the joint director of education (Meerut division) for further action.
However, the parents are not satisfied with the response of the district administration with regard to school fee hike. They allege that the administration is wasting time forming a committee and should rather take strong steps against private schools.
“We have been approaching the DM and city magistrate on many occasions and at every meeting, we have received only hollow assurances. Forming a committee and forwarding probe reports to each other is just waste of time and a ploy to let the issue die down. This will further discourage the parents. The futures of our children are at stake,” said Purva, another parent.
DM NP Singh refused to comment on the action taken by Loni SDM against private schools. He said, “We are following due procedure. We have already set up a committee to probe the issue and further course of action will be taken according to protocol.”