Withdraw increase in tuition fees, demand parents

Staff Reporter

‘Private schools subjecting us to unjust, exorbitant charges’

‘Not-for-profit’ system should decide fee for unaided private schools

Another demand is that all MCD-run schools be taken over by the Delhi Government

NEW DELHI: The All-India Parents’ Association has demanded constitution of a commission to look into the determination of the tuition fee structure for all unaided private schools based on a “not-for-profit” system.

Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, Association president Ashok Agarwal demanded immediate withdrawal of the increase in tuition fees and other charges by unaided private schools “unless justified through a government audit of their financial records since the previous Pay Commission and in accordance with the parameters laid down by the Delhi High Court in its decision dated October 30, 1998”.

“The unaided private schools are taking advantage of the fact that the quality of education is very poor in government schools and they are subjecting the parents and students to unjust and exorbitant tuition fees and other charges,” said Mr. Agarwal, adding that the Government’s failure to curb commercialisation of education in these schools had resulted in a situation where protests by the parents outside schools and on the roads had become a regular affair.

Mr. Agarwal said that according to reports 75,000 to 80,000 more online registration applications for admission to government schools were received this year compared with last year. “These extra applications are of students who were forced to leave unaided private schools because of tuition fee hike and arrears,” claimed Mr. Agarwal.

He said such schools were confident that no action would be taken against them by the authorities and so were arbitrarily increasing the tuition fees.

“Managements of almost all the schools are misrepresenting their records to bypass the mandatory requirement of the Delhi School Education Act to have a management committee comprising along with other members an elected parents-teachers’ association,” he alleged.

He said a large number of children in the country were not going to school and were doing jobs. “Concrete steps should be taken to bring these children into the educational mainstream that is their Constitutional right,” said Mr. Agarwal.

The Delhi Government, he said, should immediately take over all the Municipal Corporation of Delhi-run schools. The list of demands by the Association includes immediate upgrading of the educational standards of all the government schools to the level of the Kendriya Vidyalayas Sangathan.

“We demand formulation and implementation of a Central Education Law to stop commercialisation of education and for regulation of education under which there will be a uniform curriculum and examination system for all the unaided private, Central and State government schools in the country,” said Mr. Agarwal.


Demanding that the study of English, Hindi and a regional language in all the schools be made compulsory, Mr. Agarwal said the parents and students of unaided, government and MCD schools would stage a demonstration at Samta Sthal in Delhi on Thursday in protest against commercialisation of education, arbitrary tuition fee hike and poor quality of education in government and MCD-run schools.

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