Polls near,BJP threatens to sue schools ‘harassing’ parents over increased fee

With the Lok Sabha elections round the corner,the Delhi unit of BJP has decided to tackle the tuition fee increase in private schools head on by involving those most affected by it: middle class parents,a sizeable section of the electorate.

Written by Aneesha Mathur | New Delhi | Published: February 8, 2009 1:20 am

With the Lok Sabha elections round the corner,the Delhi unit of BJP has decided to tackle the tuition fee increase in private schools head on by involving those most affected by it: middle class parents,a sizeable section of the electorate.

The party has now decided to fight legal cases on behalf of parents and take schools to court in cases where they find schools penalising or misbehaving with students for failing to pay fees at the enhanced rates,or pay up the backlog.

A week after a rally at Jantar Mantar by a parents’ organisation against the Rs 100-500 hike allowed by the Delhi government,Delhi BJP general secretary R P Singh said on Saturday that the party would take “social and legal action” against any private,unaided school that “armtwists” Class X and XII students who would appear for the Board examinations by withholding their admit cards.

Singh said the decision comes after reports that some private schools have threatened to withhold admit cards of students who did not pay the increased fee. He said any parent facing any such problem should notify the BJP by sending emailing him personally at rpskhalsa@bjp.org.in.

Taking potshots at the Sheila Dikshit government for its “failure” to stop the fee hike in the grim economic scenario,he said,“The education minister (Arvinder Singh Lovely) could have stopped schools from putting pressure on parents in this manner but the Delhi government has done nothing.” Singh said the legal cell of Delhi BJP would help parents in filing lawsuits against schools that “harass” students,especially those taking their Board exams this year.

Singh said his son would sit for the Class X CBSE Boards this year and added that it is the duty not only of parents but also of the schools and the government to ensure that students are not overstressed.

The party plans to hold protests against the fee hike from next week.

Delhi Congress president J P Agarwal said,“If they (BJP) want to create a political issue it is up to them. But they should not go beyond the law.”

S L Jain,chairperson of the National Progressive Schools Conference,said the schools will act as per government decisions. “We are schools — it is not in our interest to threaten our students,” Jain said.

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