Kejri faces parents' ire in Rohini

Scores of parents on Monday morning gheraoed Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over “unjustified fee hike” by a private school in Rohini.

The incident took place when Kejriwal had gone to Rohini’s Pooth Khurd village to meet the family of Sachin Solanki who along with his daughter Akshita was killed in a crash of a helicopter carrying pilgrims to the Vaishno Devi.

Around 300 parents of children studying in Rohini’s Maxfort School gheraoed the Chief Minister over the school rusticating 27 students as the parents refused to pay the increased fee.

“We have already paid the fee but the school is asking an extra amount of Rs 20,000 under various heads which is unjustified. The matter is subjudice, in the High Court, but the school authorities rusticated 27 students and issued notices to 300 others over non-payment of the increased fee,” said M L Agarwal, whose son Lakshya, studying in class 6, was among those rusticated last week. 

“We had met the Chief Minister before but in vain. So, today we decided to gherao him. He has assured that he will take some action in this connection,” Agarwal, who is also the member of Parents’ Association of the school, said.

Meanwhile, teachers of private schools and parents demonstrated outside the Delhi Assembly on Monday when the session was on against the amendments proposed by the Delhi Government in the Delhi School Education Act, 1973.

The dropping of section 10 (1) which ensures parity between the salaries of private and government schools and the enactment of Delhi School (Verification of Accounts and Refund of Excess Fee) Bill, 2015 have met with resistance from teachers, activists, and parents.

Under the latter, a government appointed committee will verify the financial returns of the school and can direct it to refund any excess fee charged. However, the move has been termed as “farce” by parents.

“The bill pre-supposes that fee-hike by the private schools is per-se legal and valid, unless the same is challenged through a complaint and is set aside by the committee,” lawyer and activist Ashok Agarwal had said.

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