PROTEST AGAINST FEE HIKE

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G MO­HI­UD­DIN JEDDY

Par­ents of stu­dents of Delhi Pub­lic School (DPS), Nerul, held a protest out­side the school on Fri­day, to protest against what they termed ar­bi­trary school fee hike by the man­age­ment and al­leged il­le­gal­i­ties in for­ma­tion of par­ent-teach­ers’ as­so­ci­a­tion (PTA). The Shiv Sena, which sup­ported the par­ents, has warned of an ag­i­ta­tion against the school. Ac­cord­ing to a par­ent, school prin­ci­pal JH Mohanty, who met the del­e­ga­tion of par­ents af­ter sev­eral hours of per­sua­sion by the po­lice, said, “We will get back to them next week af­ter con­sul­ta­tion with the man­age­ment.” He has also re­port­edly dis­missed the old PTA. De­spite sev­eral at­tempts, the man­age­ment and the prin­ci­pal re­mained un­avail­able for com­ment. Geeta Chaudhary, a par­ent, said, “Ear­lier the school tried charg­ing Rs25,000 ex­tra for pre-nurs­ery ad­mis­sion. They backed off af­ter our protest. Now we are protest- ing against the fee hike of 17% to 20% for all classes. Ac­cord­ing to the state gov­ern­ment norms, fees can be hiked only once in two years. The school had in­creased the fees last year and it plans to do so this year too. The PTA formed by the school too is in vi­o­la­tion of the norms and done on ad hoc ba­sis.” Shiv Sena’s Vi­jay Na­hata and other party work­ers too reached the spot. “The man­age­ment is adamant and is even re­fus­ing to meet the par­ents. We are aware of a num­ber of vi­o­la­tions by the school and we shall take them up with the au­thor­i­ties,” he al­leged.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

Par­ents of stu­dents study­ing in DPS school at Nerul protested against the fee hike, on Fri­day.

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