All School Parents Association of Ghaziabad threatened to go on a hunger strike if the state government does not curb the arbitrary increase in fees by CBSE schools. The association has said that its strike will start on March 30.
Vice-president of the association Sachin Soni told City Spidey that parents had earlier protested outside schools. Memorandums were given to the district magistrate, asking for his intervention, but there hasn't been any action yet.
Soni said that all schools affiliated with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) have to obtain a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the state government, and it is mandatory for them to follow the terms and conditions laid down in it. But schools seldom do that. With no one to monitor these schools, they increase fees exponentially and inconsistently.
"The association had earlier met the district inspector of schools and the city magistrate of Ghaziabad," Soni added. "We urged them to annul the NOCs issued to such schools, but there was no action taken. We have now approached the commissioner of the Meerut Division as a last resort."
Increase in fees is a long-standing dispute between private schools and parent bodies in Ghaziabad. This time, however, it is the Presidium School incident that triggered the protests. The parent body has decided to start the protest at Presidium School.