Parents of children studying in a private school in South Delhi staged a protest against the school authorities on Thursday after they cut the electricity supply in the classes for not paying the increased school fees.
The parents alleged that the school has increased the fee by 12 percent despite the high courts order not to do so. However, school principal Sangeeta Arora said that high court’s order does not implement on their school as it is built on private land and not on the Delhi Development Authority’s land.
"It is informed that the HC order referred in your mail pertains to schools that have come up on land allotted by DDA or other governmental agencies. Our school has come up on private land. The allegation of the school increasing the fees despite HC order is therefore not tenable," she said.
Gautam Sharma, whose son studies in class 5, said, "They have increased fee by 12 per cent despite the high court's order and they are forcing parents to pay the hiked fees. Due to non-payment of hiked fee, they have turned off AC and fans of the school and students are studying in such a hot temperature."
Another parent Preeti Kapoor, said, "Height of shamelessness and irresponsibility has been seen in the K R Manglam School. Teachers left small kids alone and unsafe in the class against the protests, shocking to see that this can happen even in the world class school."
"Fee hike in private schools is torturing both parents and children. When parents refused to pay increased fees, the school management switched off lights and AC inside classrooms to disturb the kids," Saranpreet Singh.
Parents also took to Twitter to post the protest and chaos inside the classrooms. School principal, however, said that the school fees is the only source of income and parents need to understand that with the implementation of the seventh CPC increase in the staff’s salary necessitate corresponding increase in the fee.