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Parents stage protest after Ghaziabad school expels 29 students

The students of Khaitan Public School were issued transfer certificates after their parents allegedly refused to pay the hiked fee as demanded by the school.

noida Updated: Jun 24, 2017 23:18 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times, Ghaziabad
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Parents of expelled students stage a protest outside Khaitan Public School in Ghaziabad on Saturday. (Sakib Ali /HT Photo)

A group of nearly 200 agitated parents gathered outside Khaitan Public School in Rajendra Nagar, Ghaziabad, on Saturday morning to protest against the expulsion of 29 students of different classes.

By Saturday evening, the police and administration officials had to intervene as protesters tried to block the school gate and refused to hold discussions.

The students were issued transfer certificates after their parents allegedly refused to pay the hiked fee as demanded by the school.

“The parents blocked the main gate of the school and did not allow the staff to move out. We had to intervene and pacify them. Parents were only willing to deposit the old fee while the school was adamant that they pay the increased fee. Finally, it was decided that next week, a meeting of both sides will be held along with the administration officials to look into the issue,” said Sanjay Bansal, additional city magistrate.

The issue of fee hike by private schools has led to several protests by parents and associations across Delhi-NCR. In Ghaziabad, too, parents have held multiple protests outside private schools and government offices to persuade officials to roll back the ‘arbitrary’ fee hike.

“We are ready to pay the fee as per old structure but school is not ready to accept that. We had told them to wait till the committee of officials brings some clarity to the issue. Now, they have issued TCs without waiting for that and put the future of students at risk,” said Sandeep Gupta, a parent.

Distraught parents said the school’s decision has put the future of students at risk. ( Sakib Ali /HT Photo )

“This is a pressure tactic by the school to pressure the parents to deposit the hiked fee. This will put the future of students at risk. It is demanded that the TCs be revoked till the state committee comes out with a decision on fee hike,” said Jagdish Bisht, a protester.

The school said it will not revoke the 29 TCs and added that it is considering issuing another 30 more TCs. The school authorities said they have a total of 2,800 students enrolled with them and a majority has paid the hiked fee.

“We put up the new fee structure in September last year on the school website. No one objected to the hiked fee then and we issued notices and gave parents time after each notice. But now they have started objecting and protesting. As per our records, nearly 4% parents have not paid the fee,” said Geeta Varshney, school principal.

“We are considering another batch of 30 students to whom TCs will be issued soon. Since parents are staging a protest, we called them for discussions but they are not ready for that,” Varshney said.

The parents said they will now approach CM Yogi Adityanath to direct officials to intervene in the matter. The state government has already constituted a nine-member committee to look into the issue.

First Published: Jun 24, 2017 23:17 IST