In a unique display of protest against the government, citizens’ group Hyderabad Schools Parents’ Association (HSPA) tore and immersed copies of government orders (GO) alongside the Ganesha idol on Sunday.
One of the major demands of the protesters include a cap on the fees charged by private schools.
“We want the sleeping government to wake up and take some genuine action to deal with the seriousness of the issue,” said Seema Agarwal, Vice President of HSPA.
“Although investigations have revealed huge profiteering by schools, nothing has been done to penalise them,” she added.
The protesters claimed that the government has not taken any action against schools collecting high fees.
"Why does the government make rules when it does not want to implement them? Why does it make promises to parents if it does not want to keep them? If the government wants to test our patience, we might decide to do a visarjan (immersion) of the government itself," said Ashish Naredi, a member of HSPA.
Naredi pointed out that a circular was issued in June informing schools that they cannot collect admission fees more than Rs 5,000 but that the government has not ensured the implementation of the instruction yet.
He said even in the manifesto for the GHMC elections (civic polls), the ruling-TRS which won the polls promised a regulation, but that promise has not been kept.
The protesters claimed that their repeated requests for an appointment with the CM, K Chandrasekhar Rao, had also been denied by the CM’s office.
The group, threatening further protests, also urged the government to initiate action immediately before the new academic session starts.