Protest against school fee hike total

Vociferous: ABVP cadres enforcing bandh at a private school in Tirupati on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: K. V. Poornachandra Kumar

Special Correspondent

ABVP, SFI call for bandh protesting exorbitant fee collected by private and corporate schools

Protesters burn government’s effigy in Nellore

Activists crawl as a mark of protest in Kurnool

TIRUPATI: Work in all private schools remained disrupted in Tirupati following a call for a State bandh by the ABVP and the Students Federation of India (SFI) protesting against the exorbitant fee being collected by the private and corporate schools.

Cadres belonging to the students wing of the two parties went round the city dropping into all private-managed schools dotting the city. The activists waving party flags and placards forced the closure of all schools after driving out the students. While SFI cadres resorted to semi-naked demonstration at the Nalagu Kalla Mandapam junction, ABVP activists marched through streets raising slogans against the government.

In separate statements issued later, Chittoor district ABVP and SFI units lashed out at the State government for remaining a mere spectator even as the private schools were fleecing the parents by charging fee ranging from Rs.10,000 to Rs. One lakh. They charged the private schools with misleading and hoodwinking the gullible parents by suffixing and prefixing to their school names high-sounding words such as ‘concept school’, techno school, national, international, talent, target school and so on. The ABVP, SFI leaders expressed their anguish that the ‘diabolic’ corporate groups which hitherto were playing havoc with the intermediate and degree level education in the State were now spreading their tentacles in the school education sector as well. It was in this context that the organisations demanded the immediate intervention of the government not only to ensure a uniform fee structure but also regulation of the fee through necessary Legislation as otherwise the poor and the middle class—the worst hit in the process would perish.

Kurnool Special Correspondent adds: SFI activists as part of their protest crawled on knees at the Collectorate and presented a memorandum demanding the government to make a law to regulate the educational institutions in the State which had become profit-oriented institutions and exploited the students.

The union leaders said the institutions were under the impression that they enjoyed the right to collect fees at their will.

The SFI planned to intensify agitation against against the high fee in the educational institutions.

Nellore Staff Reporter adds: , In response to the bandh call almost all government and private schools were closed in the district on Tuesday.

The ABVP leaders organised a rasta roko at VR College centre in the city and burnt the effigy of the government for failing to control fees in private schools.

They raised slogans demanding that the government cancel the committee appointed by the government recently to study on fees in private institutions and bring out an Act.

ABVP district secretary G.Vijay Kumar, Nellore town secretary P.Pavan Kumar and others participated in the rasta roko.