Concerned by the frequent hike in fee of private schools, the Hyderabad School Parents Association (HSPA) met Governor ESL Narsimhan at Rajbhavan on Tuesday to discuss the issue. The governor promised to look into the matter and supported the demand for an MRP (Maximum Retail Price) on the school fee.
The HSPA team of five members held substantive discussions with the governor for about 45 minutes in Hyderabad. They gave the governor a presentation outlining their concerns and demands.
They would be meeting the governor again after a month to discuss the progress on the issue. HSPA members are also planning to meet the Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Education Kadiyam Srihari soon.
Aravinda Jata, core member of HSPA told The News Minute (TNM), ''We met Honorable Governor ESL Narsimhan on Tuesday, he sympathized with the parents and also he was well aware of the issue. For almost an hour, he discussed all the issues and expressed appreciation for the efforts of HSPA. He said that change won’t happen overnight but promised to speak to the concerned ministry.”
One of the parents Sachin, told TNM, "Exponential hike in fee of private schools in Hyderabad has become unbearable. High admission fee, in cash without receipt, is justified by schools to take care of unaccounted expenses (bribes), which is unacceptable to parents. The government is not auditing the schools and is giving a free hand to this practice. The buck stops with the CM and KTR now, people are watching.”
The HSPA and JAC-SFR (Joint Action Committee for School Fee Regulation) plan to meet all the top government leaders and authorities concerning the issue.