About 400 parents protested against the three-fold fee hike in the four government inter colleges of Gautam Budh Nagar outside the Panchsheel Balak Inter College on Tuesday. All the parents demanded that the schools should be taken over by the state government under the Deen Dayal Upadhyay model school scheme under which 166 schools have been initiated by the UP Government. Currently, Parents protest three fold fee hike in schools in Noida.
All of these Schools were built in 2010, they were free of cost for the first two years and then fees were charged from 2012. Presently, for the year 2018 schools have started rolling out a new structure to new as well as old students.
In 2017, the two-month fee for a Class 6th child in SC/ST Category was Rs 5,775 which consists of three fee sections – pupil fee, tuition fee and transport charges, currently, it has been raised to Rs 16,950 in 2018. Above figure shows, that fee has been raised almost three times when compared with the last year. Various new sections included in the fee are admission fee, caution money (refundable), maintenance charge, co-circular activity, examination, e-learning and lab fee.
All the parents reported that a minor percentage was being reduced from the fees after a meeting with the Meerut Mandal commissioner Prabhat Kumar who is also the chairman of Noida-Greater Noida education society. He handles four schools funded by the authorities.
One of the parents said, “We met the commissioner 10 days ago and he promised some respite but to our shock, the fee was reduced by between Rs 500-1,000.”
Prabhat Kumar said we will look after the matter. He added, “The fee has not been hiked for a long time. We’re running a deficit and a hike is essential to make schools self-dependent.”
From chairman statement, it is clear that Schools needs fund in order to run. However, a sudden hike of more than Rs 10,000 will affect all the parents. So, Parents are right on their own way. Within a few days, details about the matter will be released. Thus, Parents protest three-fold fee hike in schools in Noida.