Parents of students of Kamla Nehru School, Kotra, laid a siege to the school in the forenoon on Monday, alleging that the school was increasing the tuition fee arbitrarily. Later, a team of the State Commission for Protection of Child Rights reached the school and brokered peace between the irate parents and the school management. The parents surrounded the school and had other complaints as well.
A team from the Child Rights Commission, led by Commission member Brajesh Chauhan, arranged a meeting between the parents and the school management. Chouhan told Free Press Journal that the school management argued that the fee hike was 10 per cent, which was in keeping with the rules of the state education department.
He said that the parents could not furnish any proof indicating that the school has hiked the fee by more than 10 per cent. “The parents were insisting that they should be shown documents to prove that the hike was justified. However, rules do not permit it,” Chauhan said. He said that he had asked the school management to furnish the basis for hiking the fee and would get it examined.
“The school proprietor and the principal have assured me that the documents would be provided. We will conduct an enquiry after verifying the relevant rules and take a decision accordingly,” he said. He said that the allegation that the school was forcing the parents to buy books, copies and other study material from particular shops would also be enquired into.