A group of parents of students of the P Jog Group of Schools in the city,demanding rollback of the school move of hiking fee by 50 per cent besides a refund of fees paid for computers,science and sports classesthey allege the facilities were not upto the markon Friday submitted a memorandum of demands to the school.
“We’ve formed an association and formally presented a memorandum to the school. We have found various anomalies in the school’s fee structure. They have gone to the extent of demanding Rs 245 for costumes for a fancy dress competition while it costs only Rs 110. Now they have demanded Rs 25,000 in cash for a new admission. Earlier it was Rs 10,000,which was raised to Rs 12,000. Now this is more than a 50 per cent hike they have decide to introduce this academic year. When asked for a bifurcation of the fees,they simply refused,” said a parent.
DR Bandre,another parent,said,”They have even started charging Rs 10 per day as late fee penalty,and at times have even made kids sit outside classroom if his or her fees have not been paid. How can they not think of the psychological damage such behaviour can do to the child? They have been making lofty promises like they will make computer classes chalk-free and have been taking computer fees,but they don’t even have a computer laboratory.”
When contacted,Amol Jog,vice-president,Jog Education Trust said,”The school already has a parents association and no objection to it was raised by parents. The memorandum has been submitted by certain vested interest groups not even associated with the school. We have not taken any final decision on the fee hike,the rough structure given to them may vary. The proposed hike is about 40-50 per cent,as we have been providing education at a very low cost compared to most city schools.”