A group of parents in Greater Noida (West) on Sunday staged a demonstration to protest the “arbitrary” hike in fee of private schools and took to polishing boots on the roadside in a symbolic gesture to highlight inflation.
Among those sitting on the road for polishing boots were parents who are professional chartered accountants, managers and engineers in private firms as they protested the “arbitrariness” of the schools in increasing the fee despite the Fee Regulation Act. The protest comes in the wake of an Uttar Pradesh government order earlier this month that allowed private schools to hike fee.
The protestors said the problems of parents have increased a lot due to inflation and the hike in school fee is a double whammy for them. They held the demonstration from 11 am under the banner of NCR Guardians’ Association and Noida Extension Flat Owners Welfare Association (NEFOWA). NCR Parents’ Association President Sukhpal Singh Toor wondered what compelled the government that the “schools succumbed to the mafia”. “When the Uttar Pradesh government had announced before the elections that school fee would not increase this year, then why this order to increase the fee after the elections are over,” Toor said.