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Despite the divisional commissioner’s order to roll back fee hike, Delhi Public School Ghaziabad has now refused to do so. However, the school's principal had earlier said that the school would abide by the DC's decision.
The order finds the parents’ complaints justified and mentions how the school violated provisions of Haryana School Education Act 1995.
Sudhir Chitnis, head administrator of the school, told City Spidey, “We will not roll back the fee hike. We had already declared a holiday today but the parents have broken the gate to enter the premises.”
About 200 parents gathered outside the school in protest on May 11 and demanded a solution to the issue. Those parents who had been protesting since morning had managed to enter the premises. The protest lasted for three hours and resulted in police intervention.
Police personnel outside the school
Yadhesh Yadav, a parent, told City Spidey, “The school management is not listening to us. They are also not following the Fee and Fund Regulatory Committee [FFRC] directions. We will continue to protest until the hike is rolled back. We are also open to going to court.”
As parents entered the school, the principal agreed to meet only four women. According to one of the four women, the principal told them that officials of the school had gone to Chandigarh to complete the final stages of the recognition process and therefore the school was closed. The principal refused to talk on the issue of fee hike.
Madhu Singh, another parent, told City Spidey, “The school management is running the school illegally. They have trapped us. Had they informed us before the session, we would have taken transfer certificate and admitted our children to another school. But they planned everything and are now harassing us.”
“The government is not willing to take strong action against the schools. We are helpless,” said Charu Hurya, another parent.
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