March 30, 2009 2:46:10 am
Around 300 parents of students studying in DPS,Gurgaon gathered on Sunday at the Leisure Valley Park to protest against fee hike in the school,effective from April 1.
Explaining why they felt the need to protest,a parent who did not want to be named,said: We are not opposing the salary hikes for teachers. It is important,however,that the school administration maintains transparency when it comes to utilisation of funds. Most schools have been hiking the annual fee on a regular basis in the past years.
The parent further highlighted that the fee hike was not uniform across all schools run by the Delhi Public School Society in Delhi and NCR region.
The school recently sent out circulars to parents about a fee hike in order to implement the Sixth Pay Commissions recommendations on teachers salaries. This meant every parent was supposed to pay Rs 12,000 as arrears from January 2006 till March 2009,irrespective of the duration the student has been in the school. They had also implemented the same for students who were new in the school but later rolled it back after vehement protests from parents, said the parent. Other than hiking fees on an annual basis,the school keeps charging money in the name of extracurricular activities and personality development,alleged other parents.
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The school also apparently hiked the transportation fee by Rs 6,000 to be implemented from the new session. On one hand,the price of diesel has been reduced and on the other,they have increased transportation charges, said the mother of a student in Class III. She added that the school has also increased annual charges by Rs 1,000 and tuition fee by Rs 9,000 from April 1.
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