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Parents protest fee hike in Ghaziabad, schools asked to refund


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Every year there is a tiff between parents and school authorities over fee hike. This year, parents in Ghaziabad protested before the District Magistrate as four public schools in Ghaziabad have immensely hiked their fee. Parents on Thursday demand a rollback of the fee hike.

The District Fee Regulation Committee (DFRC) had earlier this year penalised some schools for raising fees arbitrarily in violation of the UP Self-Financed Independent Schools Fixation Fee Act 2018.

The schools were asked to revert to their 2015-16 fee structure, which is about 30 per cent lower than the present one.

But they obtained a stay order from the Allahabad High Court against the DFRC decision.

School’s behaviour with parents

Vivek Tyagi, media in-charge of the All Parents Association, said Jaipuria Public School and DPS in Vasundhara, Children Academy and Saint Merry in Shastri Nagar, had hiked fees and were not allowing students to attend classes. Some have even issued transfer certificates to students, he said.

The DM asked them to submit an application, mentioning the names of the students not been allowed to attend classes.

“We have become a party in the case at the high court. It will take some time. But till then the DM should stop schools from harassing students,” said Tyagi.

According to a TOI report, three schools, including DPS Indirapuram, Sun Valley International School (Vaishali) and Seth Anandram School (Sector 14, Vasundhara), have also been barred from fee hiking in the commencing academic session, 2019-2020.

The schools have been asked to refund the fee and pay the fine of over Rs 1 lakh for arbitrarily hiking fee and violation of the UP Self Financed Independent Schools (Fixation of Fees) Act, 2018

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