Ranchi, July 27
As pre-announced by the Jharkhand Parents Association (JPA), today a signature campaign was commenced in the state capital against the arbitrary fee hike of private schools. Hundreds of parents signed and gave their full support and quoted that the state government should be sensitive to this and should also understand the pain of parents in the pandemic.
JPA head Ajay Rai said that the CM Hemant Soren government is unable to take any decision against the schools which are looking for opportunities in the crisis. Parents are not able to take any step in this direction. Rai further said that government schools have reached the verge of vandalism and even after 70 years, children in government schools are forced to sit on sackcloth and take education.
Rai mentioned that after taking oath as the Chief Minister, Hemant Soren had spoken of following the government schools of Delhi but preparations have been made to merge 4896 government schools.
Parents demanded 100 percent compliance of departmental letter number 1006 dated June 25 last year should be ensured in the session 2021-22 also. They urged that in the absence of fees, students are not deprived of online classes. They also want that to crack down on the will of the affiliated private school’s formation of a transparent school tuition fee committee.
The list of demands adds implementation of the Jharkhand Education Tribunal Amendment Act 2017 and auditing of private schools after every five years. Anjana Gupta, one of the parents attending the campaign said that proposal in the cabinet meeting to waive the tax and insurance of buses running in schools is yet to be passed. The association lastly wants timely payment of the teaching and non-teaching staff.