Parents of students studying in Bal Bharti school handed over a letter to the city magistrate, Mahendra Kumar Singh, demanding a roll back of the fee hike.
All Noida School Parents Association (ANSPA), along with parents of Bal Bharti School's students, conducted a protest against the school's principal in front of the city magistrate's office in Sector 19, Noida. The Bal Bharti school is located in Sector 21, Noida. According to the parents, the principal had unjustifiably issued notices to parents of six students for making a video footage of talks with the principal without consent and then circulating it on various WhatsApp groups.
Parents, who walked from the school to the office, handed over a letter to the city magistrate, Mahendra Kumar Singh, demanding a roll back of the fee hike.
K Arunachalam, ANSPA secretary, spoke to City Spidey on the matter. “Asha Prabhakar, the school principal, sent a notice to parents of six students on April 9 claiming that it was indeed very painful that on the pretext of seeking an appointment with the principal on fee-related issues, parents made a video footage of the talks without consent and released it on various WhatsApp groups. The notice further said that the school had CCTV footage for the incident, and if parents didn’t delete the video, the school will lodge a police complaint against them.”
The letter that was submitted to the city magistrate contained the following demands:
1. Roll back of unjustified fee hike
2. Implementation of the recent Fee Regulatory Adhiniyam 2018-19
3. Principal should be made to resign for misbehaving with the parents and children
4. Abolish PTA funds as there’s no use for such funds, and it’s in violation of the directive of the Allahabad High Court
5. Review of last three year’s fee hikes
6. Audit of school accounts in the last five years — jointly by the concerned department and members of parents' association
7. No extra charge to be levied for non-academic activities, such as carnivals, swimming or other purposes
The school had received the Fee Regulation Adhiniyam 2018-19 from the UP government on April 11 and needed time to understand its clauses. Keeping the situation in view, the school management had issued a request note on April 12. It read: “[This] school is a centre for the ongoing Class XII CBSE Board Examination on April 13 (Friday), wherein 120 students will appear for examinations, so parents should avoid dharna outside school premises.”
When City Spidey contacted the city magistrate, he said: “I will call the principal of the school and talk about the allegations levelled against her. The education department will also soon send a notice to all schools for the implementation of the Fee Regulatory Bill 2018-19.”
In order to know the school's response, City Spidey tried to contact the school's principal. However, she was unavailable and her personal assistant (PA) refused to make any comments.