Students and parents protest against fee hike in Delhi schools

February 1st, 2009 - 8:41 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Feb 1, (ANI): Hundreds of school students and parents on Sunday protested near Mahatma Gandhi Samadhi at Rajghat against the Delhi governments decision to allow private schools to hike the fees. Recently, the Delhi government had allowed the private schools to increase the monthly fees upto Rs. 500. The protest was organised under the banner of Delhi Parents Council (DPC). Upset over this, the Delhi Parents Council (DPC) organised this mass protest rally outside Rajghat. “The way Delhi Government is burdening us with hike in fees that we cannot tolerate. When government has accumulated so much in the name of the education, why do not they hike the salaries of teachers with that money only. Parents are not only burdened by the hike in fees but they also have to pay the arrears of teachers that have been increased since 2006,” Delhi Press Council chairman, Praveen Khandelwal added. Terming education as their fundamental right, the students expressed resentment against the decision of the Government to allow schools to hike fees. Dimple, one of the students stated the middle class as most prominent class of the society in Delhi. “Students will definitely be affected. There are not many parents who can afford. If there are adequate facilities in government schools parents won”t send their children to private schools. The way the fee has been hiked is totally wrong. The Delhi Parents Council (DPC) has decided to take up the matter to the Human Resources Development Minister Arjun Singh and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. (ANI)

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