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Rally protests school fee hike under BJP banner

More than a thousand parents,teachers and children took out a rally under the BJP banner to protest the fee hike at private schools in the city on Friday.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
March 21, 2009 12:24:22 am

More than a thousand parents,teachers and children took out a rally under the BJP banner to protest the fee hike at private schools in the city on Friday.

The rally,led by BJP leader Vijay Kumar Malhotra,set off from Delhi Public School,Mathura Road,and was to end at the Delhi Secretariat. Party workers,however,alleged that despite having prior permission to conduct the protest,the police disrupted the rally near the Delhi Zoo and arrested the protestors,who were released later.

“We demand that the government extend subsidies to private schools to help them cope with the Sixth Pay Commission’s recommendations on teachers’ salaries and arrears,” State Secretary Ashish Sood said. He added that money from the education cess should be utilised for disbursing arrears and upgraded salaries to teachers rather than shifting the burden on parents and schools. “The government provides subsidies to their own schools,and collects crores of rupees in education cess. Why can’t they subsidise primary education for all?” Sood said.

Private,unaided schools have protested the plan for a slab-wise increase in tuition fees approved by the government after the SC Bansal Committee submitted its recommendations. While they had been calling for a hike up to 50 per cent in order to implement the pay panel’s recommendations,the government has allowed only a 25 per cent increase.

BJP party workers said the fee hike will pose a major financial burden for families having more than two school-going children.

Education Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely,meanwhile,said the fee hike was around 40 per cent in 1997 when the BJP was in power. “This is quite reasonable,” he said.

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