While the confusion over the exact interpretation of a Supreme Court direction to an interim committee of the State government regarding tuition fee hike in DAV Public schools is still continuing, aggrieved parents of students studying in these schools in Cuttack and Bhubaneswar have upped their ante by staging protest meetings in front of all the eight such schools in the twin cities.
While academic activities in all DAV schools located in these two cities were hampered for the third consecutive day on Wednesday, reports of vandalism and subsequent police complaints came from two schools in Cuttack. The State government is maintaining silence over the issue till date while the relationship between the parents and school management is taking a turn for the worse.
According to police, the principal of Markat Nagar DAV School in Cuttack has filed a written complaint before the local police station alleging that some agitated parents resorted to vandalism during the protest dharna and damaged some school properties ransacking it. Similarly, another report said some agitated parents assaulted a teacher of local Lajpat Ray DAV School in Gandarpur in the Millennium city.
Meanwhile, resentment is brewing among the parents as the State government is completely silent over the issue of sudden “unreasonable” tuition fee hike by the DAV schools management. They allege that while the special leave petition (SLP) preferred by the Regional Director (RD) of DAV schools is still pending disposal in Supreme Court, the decision to hike tuition fees now is “unethical” and “illegal”.
The aggrieved parents say that the whole problem arose when the interim committee, headed by the State School and Mass Education secretary, allowed the DAV school management to go ahead with the fee hike after forming interim Parents-Teachers Committees (PTCs).
“While the RD ordered the schools to immediately form PTCs for the ongoing academic year purely for academic reasons, how could these impugned PTCs endorse the tuition fee hike decision,” asked advocate Aptakam Mishra of the city, who had argued against the proposed fee hike decision of the schools in Odisha High Court.