Gurgaon: Parents at loggerheads with Blue Bells Model School
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Gurgaon: Parents at loggerheads with Blue Bells Model School

Fee hike triggers yet another protest outside the Sector 4 school as parents demand complete rollback and government intervention in the matter.

Gurgaon: Parents at loggerheads with Blue Bells Model School

Several parents of students studying in Blue Bells Model School, Sector 4, Gurgaon, staged a protest outside the school against fee hike on April 8.

They demanded complete rollback of the hike and government intervention in the matter.

Raman Jain, a parent, said, “They have increased development and annual fees. Every year they charge development fee and admission fee. Why are they charging these fees when a student has been studying in their school for many years?  We will meet D Suresh, divisional commissioner, regarding the issue very soon.”

Kamal Verma , another parent said, “They increased the fee without any discussion with the parents. They’ve been taking money in the name of activity fund. There isn’t much development in the school but they are charging development fee. Now, they have increased the number of funds. They are looting us!”

“They forced us to pay transport fee in cash and did not allow us to pay through cheque. They never gave a proper bill for transport fee and gave us a copy of the fee without any signature and stamp. They started harassing our children for activity fee when there was delay in payment,” said Rinki Saini, another parent.

Chandan Dhawan, principal of the school, told City Spidey, “Every year we increase the fee and it is just 9.8 per cent. We are increasing the fee according to education department norms. New washrooms have been constructed in the school. We are charging development fee for such purposes. We have the best infrastructure and give transportation facilities to students at subsidised rates.”

“They have to understand that school expenses increase every year. That’s why we hiked the fee. We have also submitted Form 6 to the education department,” added Dhawan.

When City Spidey spoke to Neelem Bhandari, district education officer (DEO), she said, “Parents can now complain to the divisional commissioner over fee hike. He will take appropriate action. On April 5, additional chief secretary (ACS) had formed a fee regulatory committee. The divisional commissioner is the chairman of this committee. He has the authority to look into such matters.” 

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