Durgapur News Desk, 19 March 2017: Unaided private schools hiking fees exorbitantly every year, at their own will is something very common throughout the nation and Durgapur is no exception. On Friday (17 March 2017), parents retorted to road blockade protesting fee hike by the Durgapur Public School for the new academic year.
This has not been the first such protest against school fee hike in Durgapur. Earlier also parents were vociferous enough protesting against several Durgapur private schools, affiliated to either CBSE or ICSE hiking fees every year.
The agitating guardians further alleges, that apart from increasing school fees every year, the school authority also changes the books and school uniform almost every year; thereby putting an extra financial burden on the parents.
Earlier the guardians had two rounds of talks with the school authority, but without result. On Friday the angry guardians at first blocked the busy Bidhannagar road in front of the school. The blockade continued from 9 am to 11 am.
Police from the local police station arrived and held a meeting with both the school authority and the guardians. Though no solution was arrived at, the guardians lifted the blockade at the request of the police. A team of guardians will likely to meet the Durgapur SDO and the district magistrate to voice their grievances.
Established in the year 2008, Durgapur Public School, is run by industrialist Mr S.K Sharma promoted SKS Educational and Social Trust. With student strength of about 2500, Durgapur Public School is affiliated to CBSE. Other educational institutes set up by the SKS Educational and Social Trust in Durgapur and its adjoining areas includes, Bengal College of Engineering and Technology, S.K.S. Public School at Raniganj, Bengal College of Engineering and Technology for Women, Bengal College of Polytechnic and Bengal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research.
Mrs. Kuldip Kaur, the principal of the Durgapur Public School assured that everything will be decided after meeting the guardians.
One might remember, that in a landmark judgment this year concerning fee hike by private unaided schools of Delhi, Supreme Court upheld that schools erected on public land cannot hike fee without approval of the Delhi government.