HYDERABAD: More than 100 parents, under the aegis of Hyderabad Schools Parents Association (HSPA), conducted a postcard campaign against steep hike in school fees by private schools here on Sunday. They were joined by their children in the campaign which was conducted at the General Post Office in Abids.
The protesters mailed postcards addressed to chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, requesting him to regulate school fees in private schools in Telngana.
Though the new academic year has already begun and admissions have been completed or are under progress in private schools but the state government has not taken any initiative to ensure regulation of fees in private schools. HSPA demands that the sate government order an immediate stay on school fee hike for academic year 2017-18.
Pavan Kumar Reddy of HSPA said, “The committee headed by Prof Tirupati Rao formed to submit a report on regulation of school fees has not submitted its report yet. Till the report is out and the recommendations are implemented, the government should have taken some temporary measure to give relief to parents from the pain of steep school fee hike. Unfortunately, no such measure has been taken although the new academic year has started.”
Reddy added, “It is the lack of any concrete initiative by the government to tackle the issue that has forced us to take up this postcard campaign. We will take up other forms of protest to raise the issue once the summer vacation for schools is over.”
One parent wrote on his postcard: “Please stop the corporate loot. It is alarming that income of most of the parents is spent on paying the school fees for their children.”