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Parents dismiss govt’s promise to check fee hike in private schools

On Monday, UP deputy chief minister Dinesh Sharma said the government will soon introduce a law to check fee hike by private schools in the state.

noida Updated: Oct 10, 2017 23:37 IST
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Deputy chief minister Dinesh Sharma at the inaugural function of 63rd State Inter-School Athletics Championship in Allahabad.(HT Photo)

Deputy chief minister of Uttar Pradesh Dinesh Sharma on Monday said the UP government will soon introduce a law to check fee hike by private schools at an event in Allahabad.

He was speaking at the inaugural function of the 63rd State Inter-School Athletics Championship in Allahabad.

Sharma’s comments are a repeat of past assurances made to agitated parents by the state government that a law and a regulatory body will be introduced for private schools in the state.

The deputy chief minister’s statement has failed to impress the parents in Noida. They believe checking private schools in Uttar Pradesh from functioning like for-profit businesses is not high on the state government’s list of priorities.

Reacting to Sharma’s statement, parents, who have been agitating against arbitrary hikes in fee, said they are losing hope.

“In March, this government had promised swift and concrete action within 100 days but that deadline has passed and now we are slowly losing all hope,” said Pallavi, an agitating parent.

Talking to Hindustan Times, another parent Niti Srivastava said, “We have no reaction over Sharma’s comment. We have reached October and nothing has been done so far in this regard. It’s the same story year after year. Give us a deadline, follow it and take some concrete steps regarding the fee hike issue. It’s now or never.”

Since the beginning of 2017, several groups of parents across Delhi-NCR have been protesting against the private schools’ practice of increasing tuition fee. Parents have demanded that a regulatory body be introduced in the state which looks into the workings of private schools, including fee hike.

Although the state government has been assuring parents that it would act soon, no law has been introduced, nor has it set up a regulatory panel.

K Arunachalam, general secretary of All Noida School Parents Association, said parents had hoped the new government led by chief minister Yogi Adityanath would act swiftly, but it too has let them down. “We had high hopes with this government but they have disappointed us a lot in the first six months. Earlier, their deadline was August 15 but they kept delaying it. We are losing our patience,” he said.

Parents also said the state government should make it clear whether they intend to introduce the law at all.

“They should make it clear if creating a regulatory body to oversee functioning of private schools is beyond their capacity. Then we can approach the court of law on our own,” said Pallavi, adding that the fake promises and assurances only delays any action that parents can take to get relief.

First Published: Oct 10, 2017 23:37 IST