Parents of children studying in Delhi Public School (DPS), Sector 132, Noida, staged a protest against arbitrary fee hike on Thursday. A group of about a hundred parents, holding placards and banners, protested in front of the school by shouting slogans.
Since its inception in 2012-13, the school has hiked fees by over 42% in the past three years. The quarterly fee, which was Rs 19,020 initially, has now been increased to Rs 27,300.
The fees were first hiked by 14.6% in the year 2014-15, followed by a 8.7% hike in 2015-16. Now the school has increased the fee by another 20% for 2016-17. Parents are enraged at the hikes every year.
Sanjay Pathak, a parent, told City Spidey that the school has hiked fees without prior notice at the beginning of every new session.
"Teachers cite the 7th pay commission as the reason for the hikes. But that is ludicrous as they cannot hike fees till the seventh pay commission is approved," Pathak added.
A representative body of six parents also met the principal of the school.
Muzaffar Hasan, a member of that representative body told City Spidey that they were unhappy with the principal's attitude. "All she had to say was that she would discuss the matter with the higher authorities. If the problem is not solved immediately, we will seek support from district magistrate of Noida, NP Singh, and HRD minister Smriti Irani," said Hasan.
When City Spidey took up the matter with the principal Indira Kohli, all she had to say was that the message had been conveyed to the school's higher management.