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Parents lambast fee hike

Parents lambast fee hike
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The Joint Action Committee-School Fee Regulation (JAC-SFR) along with various social organisations demanded the government that a regulatory body be constituted to keep a check on arbitrary school fee hike and freeze the school fees for the next two years.

Hyderabad: The Joint Action Committee-School Fee Regulation (JAC-SFR) along with various social organisations demanded the government that a regulatory body be constituted to keep a check on arbitrary school fee hike and freeze the school fees for the next two years.

Large number of parents gathered at Dharna Chowk for maha dharna protesting against the increase in private school fees on Saturday.According to the parents, the private schools are collecting indiscriminate fees in the name of non-refundable donations, computer class charges, smart class fees, additional books, uniforms and transportation charges.

They said that the fees hike was increasing at the rate of 200 per cent every alternate year.Senior academicians and political party leaders participated in the protests along with the parents and extended their supports. Eminent educationist Chukka Ramaiah, who took part in the dharna, said that the government had to make a tough decision quickly to secure their public’s interest.

“Parents have come to the streets to demand education reforms which should have been their basic rights," he said. Prominent academician and All India Save Education Committee state president Prof P L Vishweshwar said they would continue the protest until the policy of commercialisation and privatisation of education withdraws. “We want ‘right to education’ to be implemented in its true sense,” he said.

The JAC to mobilise more parents were organizing road rallies and spreading the message with ‘Stop school fee loot’ posters across the city. They also organised a miss call campaign which has received tremendous response.

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