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Parents’ body to start statewide agitation against increasing fee of private schools during pandemic

RAJ KUMAR

Ranchi, June 29: Jharkhand Avivavak Manch chalked out strategy for a statewide agitation from July 1 this year to protest against the unaided private schools increasing fee without considering the economic slowdown during the corona pandemic and problem of parents struggling to maintain old budgets.

The agitation programme has been named Saat Vaar Saat Guhar.  Under the agitation programme, the parents’ body will stage mute demonstration before the office of deputy commissioners across the state on July 1. On July 2 they will stage mute demonstration before schools.

On July 3 the parents’ body will repeat the same demonstration before people’s representatives and on July 4 they will meet media representatives to extend their support. On July 5, they will stage demonstrations on different squares and roundabouts. On July 6, they will stage demonstrations through digital media and finally on July 7 they will start a campaign to send 7 lakh postcards to the governor.

The decision was taken in a virtual meeting of the parents body agitating against fee policy of the private schools, which has increased fee without taking district administration and parents into confidence while pecuniary condition of many parents are so poor that they are not able even to pay old fee due to continuous lock down and joblessness.

Manch president Ajay Rai informed about the agitation saying it will start on July 1 and continue till July 7.  

“After the agitation programme is over we will also handover a memorandum to chief minister Hemant Soren to attract his attention towards autocratic behavior of private schools, which is least concerned about the problem of parents,” Rai said.

Two days ago deputy commissioner of Ranchi, Chhabi Ranjan, had issued a directive to all schools asking its management not to increase fees and charge only tuition fees from students. Asked about the same, Rai said: “DC withdrew the decision two days after he issued it following pressure from school management and thus parents’ body was left with no other but to take the issue to the public.”

Rai said that parents body want government to report review audit report of five years of each school.

“Many private schools mount pressure to collect fees saying that without doing so they will not be able to pay salary to teaching and non-teaching staff of their school. Thus in this situation, it has become necessary to review the audit report of each school to ensure genuineness of their claim. This exercise will help identify who is right and who is wrong. It will also select some of the schools having good earnings to support those schools who have low income and are on the verge of closure,” Rai said.