Delhi Schools Blackmailing Parents for Unbelievable Fee Hikes
Shocking reports have surfaced with thousands of aggrieved parents protesting outside various private schools in Delhi and Noida, and demanding an explanation for the arbitrary sudden fee hike without any prior notice.
Going against the CBSE norms, the affiliated schools are increasing the fee upto 50 per cent in a year, whereas it is clearly mentioned in the guidelines that the same can be increased after three years upto 10 per cent only. The utility of the same is unknown as not even a slight improvement in the school infrastructure has been observed.
Parents have expressed their agony and said that all they need is an explanation regarding where their money is being utilised. They have complained that the facilities and school infrastructure is also not upto the mark, with leaking ACs and so-called playground to offer. With parents blaming the school for exploitation and becoming a mere money making machine, the condition has only deteriorated over the past few years.
Classes being conducted in basements:
These schools are also conducting classes in congested basements which actually serve as storehouses. The basement of one of the Ghaziabad schools once caught fire (no casualty was reported) and it was thus issued instructions by the Fire Safety and NBC regulation Board to discontinue holding classes in its basement. But despite of the warning, the school still continues to run classes putting lives of so many students in grave danger.
School authorities unwilling to handover the TC:
When the parents ask for their child's TC, the schools are refusing to hand them over the same, asking them to pay the dues of the annual development charges, which are charged only at the start of a new session.
School administration unperturbed by parents' plight:
Parents have been protesting outside these schools but all their efforts are going futile, as the school management has refused to respond and are avoiding any sort of communication. Various summons have also been sent, but to no avail.
Lack of communication from the management:
Parents feel that the lack of communication from the school authorities is only insinuating that something might be fishy. Otherwise why is a communication gap being maintained if the school has right interests and is genuinely working for the students' betterment.
Earlier also, various CBSE-affiliated schools had reportedly hiked fees by 20 percent after which the education department decided to monitor 122 CBSE-run, a dozen ICSE and thousands of state-run schools. As the aftermath of the aforementioned incident, a five member committee was also formed by the district administration to look into the fee hike by private schools in Noida. But, the rising similar incidents prove that no strict action is being taken the same.
A school is a temple of learning, where our thought process is rightly guided by our conscience, which the teachers teach us to recognise. But, what happens when these institutions of educational enlightenment turn into a nightmare for most of the students and their parents, asserting their views to fulfil unethical demands, with the repercussion of putting their ward's future in danger.
This news article has been taken from ‘India Today’. Read the original article Here.