Bhubaneswar: Protesting against exorbitant fees charged in private schools, Odisha Parent Associations’ Forum (OPAF) today took to the streets demanding enactment of legislation to regulate fees.
The agitating parents took out the rally from Master Canteen Square and staged demonstration in front of the state Assembly.
“The private schools have been increasing the fees by manifold violating the Supreme Court guidelines in the absence of regulations,” co-convenor of OPAF Sanjukta Panigrahi expressed.
While Gujarat, Delhi and Maharashtra have already passed legislations to this effect, Odisha needs to emulate such models to put a curb on the premium fee structure prevailing in the privately run institutions, they said.
Besides, they demanded formation of Fee Regulation Authority wherein members of at least two registered parents associations can be a part of it, ceiling limit of fees, abolition of stages and maintain uniformity from LKG to Class X, do away with annual increase of fees, classification of fee structure categorizing them as urban and rural, collection of infrastructure development fee one time instead of every month and uniformity in admission charges.
This apart, the Forum demanded for regulation in the employment of teachers who play a pivotal role in shaping the future of the country.