New Delhi: A well-known public school in South Delhi has hiked school fees drastically, causing hardship to hundreds of parents. These parents have formed a group and have contacted Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Directorate of Education and school officials against this unfair fee hike.
Parents say that the COVID-19 pandemic has already ruined many families financially and the steep hike in school fees has added to their suffering. This group of parents has termed the fee hike by Delhi Public School, RK Puram and Junior School of Vasant Vihar as ‘unjust’. These parents had approached the school authorities for clarification on the sudden fee hike. “However, none of them has given any positive reply,” one of them alleged.
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who is also Delhi’s education minister, has directed officials to look into the matter, but the matter has not progressed so far. Parents are also worried that if the matter of school fees is not resolved soon, then they will have to pay increased fees keeping in view the future of their children.
In view of the seriousness of the matter, a parent on the condition of anonymity said, ‘We are helpless in this era of epidemic. We don’t know what to do. No one is helping us and no one is listening. We hope someone will come and talk to us. We are only asking for clarification on this fee hike. If we get the details, we will also pay the increased school fees. Many of us have lost our jobs, but somehow we are making a living and trying not to affect our children’s education. The Delhi government always says that it is working continuously to improve the quality of education in the capital, but so far nothing has happened on our demands.
The parents also said that instead of talking to them, the administration of the DPS school is not responding to any mail sent by them and is pressurizing the parents to pay the fees at the earliest by calling the parents of the children separately.
The Delhi government has not yet clarified its stand on this issue. The parents of the children said, ‘The government should ensure that school fees should not be increased unreasonably’.