Parents protest hike in fee by Sainik School

Parents protest hike in fee by Sainik School

Tribune News Service

Kapurthala, May 26

Peeved at a 10 per cent hike in the tution fee by Sainik School, Kapurthala, the Parents’ Association today lodged a protest against the management. The association wants the management to roll back its decision to increase the tution fee and other incidental charges.

Major demands

  • Rollback of a 10% hike in tution fee for this academic session

  • Permission to pay dues in four installments.

  • The academic calendar to be counted as 220 days

Citing the state government’s order, the parents also urged the state Education Department to include Sainik School under the same ambit as private schools.

Navdeep Kumar Sharma, an elected parent representative, said the department, in a circular released after the Covid-19 outbreak, had directed private schools not to take incidental charges from the parents if they are conducting online classes for the students.

However, the school management asked them to deposit incidental charges, including all miscellaneous expenses, of the lockdown months. “Even as most parents have suffered financial losses during the lockdown, the school authorities aren’t paying any head to our demands”, he said.

The tution fee has been increased from Rs 79,860 (2019-2020 ) to Rs 1,26,984 in this session.

Vikas Bansal, a student, said, “In the wake of the lockdown, we have suffered huge losses. We urge the school management to take diet, incidental and other allied charges for 220 days only instead of 295 days.

The Principal couldn’t be contacted for her comments. Kapurthala DEO said a meeting would soon be held with the school principal.

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