Indore : Parents of the students studying in Delhi Public School (DPS), protested in front of the school demanding justification of fee hike over the last 5 years, on Tuesday. The protest escalated into a brawl when a staff member of DPS said, “You all are behaving like BPL members.”

Offended parents continued to protest in front of the gate of the school. The situation worsened when DPS principal, Sudarshan Sonar refused to meet the parents’ representatives. Parents did not back down and they continued to shout slogans against DPS in front of the school gate.

Looking at the worsening situation, Sonar decided to meet 5 representatives. During the discussion, parents raised questions against the fee hike quoting, “The fees have been hiked by more than 110 percent over the last 5 years.”

 All the parents participating in the protest submitted letters demanding explanation of the fee hike. Therefore, the school had to acknowledge more than 400 letters.

After receiving the letter, Sonar said, “I will discuss the matter with the school management and send our response to the letters after 2 days.”

In the letter, parents acknowledged that the school made essential fee of Rs 6,000 as optional for parents, but said, “It was not only “School Essentials” that was being wrongly charged from parents but also the overall fee hike has been done in an arbitrary and isolated manner.”

The letter sent to the school administration questioned the reason for the fee hike. It said, “This doubling of fee without a logical reason is not in sync with the current pattern in India.”

Looking at the same, Sonar replied that a private school in India is allowed to hike the fee charges for students by 10 per cent each year. However, parents argued that no such law exists.

Previously, DPS parents had gathered at Meghdoot Garden on Sunday and discussed the prevailing matter, which is justification of fee hikes and not just reduction of fee hike.

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