Parents say school should not pressurise for hike till final hearing on Aug 30
Parents of students of Rosary School held a demonstration at the Camp branch on Thursday after the school sent a circular on Wednesday,asking parents to pay pending fees by August 25. Parents claimed that the school should not pressurise them for the hike as the matter was subjudice in Bombay High Court and final hearing will be held on August 30. Later,they withdrew their decision.
At a meeting with deputy director of Pune division of education,it was decided that the school will not hike the fees. The circular sent to the parents does not mention this, said Sandeep Chavan,a member of Forum for Fairness in Education.
The teachers had asked the students to get the circular signed by their parents. Few parents alleged that the teachers had said if the fees were not paid,the students should not come to school from Monday.
When we asked the school authorities about the circular,they said the HC has directed the government not to take action against the school as unaided schools are free to fix their fee structure. When we asked for the court order,they showed us a statement of their lawyer, said Ashok Bamboli,a parent.
When contacted,an office bearer of Unaided Schools Forum,one of the petitioners,admitted that the High Court on Tuesday did not stay the GR. The High Court has asked the state government to file an affidavit by August 23 and the next hearing would take place on August 30, he said.
After the protest,at a meeting attended by few parents,members of the school management,senior police inspector Suhas Nadgauda and inspector Sudhakar Kate of the Bund Garden Police Station it was decided that the school will not pressurise parents to pay the fees till the court gave its verdict. The school has issued a letter,saying signature of parents on the circular is not required and it will wait for the courts decision, said Ajay Sathe,president of Rosary Parents Association.
Education Minister Balasaheb Thorat was not available for comment.