Angry parents protest against hefty school fees

Surat: Guardians and Parents of various private schools in the city protested the large sum of money charged by the schools for school fees. They blamed the school authorities for demanding fees under various categories and utilities which eventually adds up to a large amount.

The angry parents also alleged that the schools aren’t abiding by the recent bill passed by the state government that caps the fees charged by private schools across the state.

Demonstrators raised slogans and blocked the traffic in front of two private schools on Tuesday including Swaminarayan HV Vidhyalaya and LP Sawani School, both in Adajan area of the

Guardians of the students studying in Swaminarayan school said that apart from admission and activities fees, the school is charging fees for multiple other purposes as well. Even apart from the regular text books they demand various other kinds of books to be bought.

Outside LP Savani school, parents formed a human chain and blocked all the traffic from moving. They also sat down outside the school and raised slogans against the school. They claim that despite the cap on the fees to be charged, the school is charging fees more than directed. As the situation worsened, police tried to intervene and pacify the demonstrators but in vain. From here the guardians directly headed to the district education officer to put forth their complaints.

Earlier in April Governor of Gujarat OP Kohli had passed the much anticipated Self-Financed School (Regulation of Fees Bill-2017), making it an act. According to the act, the maximum limit of school fees for the primary schools in the state is capped at Rs 15,000, secondary schools at 25,000 and higher secondary schools at Rs 27,000. This is applicable from academic year 2017-18 for all the schools affiliated to GSHSEB, ICSE, CBSE and IB.