Parents anguished over Govt inaction

Parents anguished over Govt inaction
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Disappointed with the lenience of the State government towards rising fee amounts of the private schools, Telangana Parents Association (TPA) demanded that the private school fee structure should be regularised under Tirupati Rao Committee’s instructions. 

Hyderabad: Disappointed with the lenience of the State government towards rising fee amounts of the private schools, Telangana Parents Association (TPA) demanded that the private school fee structure should be regularised under Tirupati Rao Committee’s instructions.

Members of various Parents and Students’ associations, along with the parents, protested at Sundarayya Park, Baghlingampally on Wednesday expressing their concern towards the rising fee in private schools in the name of services.

After 16 days since the schools have reopened, government has not yet made any directions for lowering the fee amounts of various private schools. Despite letters sent by the director of the Tirupati Rao Committee, private schools have started charging 20-40 percent higher tuition fee when compared to last year.

Further, extra fee is being collected in the name of smart class, lunch, field trips etc. Many of the private schools even set up their own stationery stores which provide uniforms, books, covers and other stationery material. These shopscharge charging three times more than the actual Maximum Retail Price (MRP). Private schools also charge Rs 300- Rs 500 for the SMS service which they provide.

State president of TPA Nagati Narayana, speaking to the media, said that the private schools are ignoring the government instructions while charging parentswith such fancy names. “Private schools have no regard to the government’s instructions.

Also, the government is doing nothing about it and hence these schools have started charging anything they like under fancy names,” he said during the protest.

Narayana further explained that the fee details are not being put up on the notice boards. When questioned about the prices, he said that the students are handed over their Transfer Certificates (TC). Police Department personnel are also taking sides with the private institutions in the case.

Members during the protest further demanded that recognition must be cancelled for those schools which do not abide by the instructions provided by Tirupathi Rao Committee and the Government must work towards closing such schools which raise the fee structures drastically under fancy services.

If no reforms are found immediately, the members said that the protests will continue in front of the houses of ruling party MLAs.Meanwhile, the TPA organised a human chain on Wednesday demanding the government to implement the recommendations of Tirupati Rao Committee on fee regulation in private schools.

Speaking on the occasion TPA president N Narayana said that it was ironical to note that no order has been issued to regulate fee in private schools even 16 days after the reopening of the schools.If the parents question this, their kids were issued transfer certificates. Fee details were not placed on the notice board.

The programme was attended by TPA general secretary D Prakash, Telangana Intellectuals Forum co-convener Prof Eswaraiah, committee members Devi, TPA secretary P Laxmaiah, vice presidents Sndhya Rani, Pratam and others.

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