Parents threaten hunger strike if fee hike not rolled back

Repeated calls to both education commissioner Purshottam Bhapkar and the school management went unanswered.

By: Express News Service | Pune | Published: September 9, 2015 3:44:27 am

As many as 70 parents of the students studying at Euro School in Wakad on Tuesday threatened to go on a hunger strike if the school management failed to roll back the fee hike in two weeks’ time. The parents, who had gathered at the education commissioner’s office to protest against the school’s move, took the decision after they were not given a satisfactory reply on the issue.

Dr Rohit Agrawal, one of the parents, said they have been following up the issue with the authorities for the past few weeks.

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“After hearing our complaints, Deputy Director of Education Ramchandra Jadhav had passed an order to roll back fee hike. However, two days after the order was passed, the school wrote to us asking to pay the revised fee. Since the other officials have been of no help to us, we decided to meet the commissioner. But even the commissioner failed to give us satisfactory answers as he said he will first study the law and then decide how to go about it. He also told us that he too was awaiting the decision on formation of regional-level committees,” he said.

Repeated calls to both education commissioner Purshottam Bhapkar and the school management went unanswered.

Accepting that the order was not being followed, Jadhav said, “In such a situation, we have no other solution but to ask the civic administration to move proposal to de-recognise such schools. However, even that is a long process and if parents want relief, we advise them to approach court. As of now, even we are awaiting the announcement of regional-level committees which will have a singular mandate to resolve such complaints,” he said.

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