United Parents Forum, a group of parents with wards studying in private schools of Noida, Greater Noida, Ghaziabad, Faridabad and Gurgaon, took to the streets this morning to protest against the tyranny of private schools. This is the first day of its protest, which it plans to hold every week on the Delhi-Noida Direct (DND) flyway.
Parents gathered near the DND toll plaza around 7 am and staged a protest against the arbitrary fee hike for the next three hours.
Sandeep Singh, a parent who took part in the protest, told City Spidey that they had been struggling to get their voices heard by the government. He said despite approaching top officials of the district and following up with them, there had been no improvement on the situation. He alleged that schools had not rolled back their decision to hike fees.
Singh said, "We don't want commuters to face problems because of our protest. This is just a desperate attempt to get our voices heard.''
Ritesh Kumar, another parent, said, "We want the government to know that parents will continue to fight until their voices are heard. We will carry out this protest every Monday."
The group demanded that private schools adhere to the government order saying they should not be making profits. They said the government should conduct independent audits of all private schools. Another demand was to implement private school fee regulations.