Parents, teachers clash over fee hike
The former allege the east Delhi school has been torturing their kids for several days
Simmering anger came to a boil on Friday as teachers and parents came to blows at Guru Harkrishan Public School (GHPS) in Hargobind Enclave area of east Delhi. A recent fee hike is the bone of contention. MiD DAY had reported the issue on October 13.
The MiD DAY story on October 13.
The parents claim that their children were being tortured time and again by school authorities. According to them, since the past five days, the school has been scaring the kids, saying they won't be allowed to sit for the unit test. Just a month ago, many of these kids were allegedly tortured over the fee issue as they had protested against the hike.
A total of 270 students were barred from sitting in the unit test held on Friday. They were asked to return home. "In the morning, I got a call from the school asking me to take my child back home as they would not allow my son to sit for the unit test. I gathered other parents and called the police control room (PCR). The school authorities did not allow even police officials to enter the premises. All of the 270 children were standing outside their classrooms," said AS Ahuja, president of the parents' welfare association at GHPS.
Fists of fury
Another parent said that school officials even thrashed them. "The school officials asked us that if we agreed on withdrawing the non-Sikh students from the school, they will compromise and let the Sikh students continue to study and forget about the pending fee," said Rajesh Kulkarni, whose son studies in class VII at the school.
Rahul Sharma, a class X student at GHPS said, "We are often humiliated in front of the class as our parents had protested regarding the inflated fee. The teachers call us names and make us stand in front of the class for hours."
The other side
While the school authorities refused to comment, the principal Jasmeet Kaur's phone was switched off.