Parents plan countrywide protest on February 3

Updated: Jan 31, 2018, 17:06 IST | Pallavi Smart

IWPA will hold silent morchas to force govt to act on fee regulation and other issues

Parents in Mumbai had come together to protest at Azad Maidan last yearParents in Mumbai had come together to protest at Azad Maidan last year

Parents' associations across the country are coming together under the aegis 'India Wide Parents Association' (IWPA) to hold protests across the country on February 3, pressing their demand for a Central Fee Regulatory body.

This move of a nationwide protest comes after a meeting held in Delhi in December by several parents' associations across India. The one-of-its-kind meet discussed several ways to put pressure on the government to bring about stricter regulation and its appropriate implementation.

"Through news reports we had an idea that parents' issues were the same everywhere. But, this meeting in December made us realise how each state was ignoring these issues. We also learnt that in almost every state there have been protests against the commercialisation of education. But, everywhere, nominal action was taken or vague regulations were made to divert parents' anger. That's why we have all come together to demand a central regulation," said Anubha Sahai, president of the IWPA.

Maharashtra state has already seen major parents' protests in 2017 when thousands of parents had gathered at Azad Maidan to protest against the commercialisation of education. "This is the situation in Maharashtra despite a Fee Regulation Act in place here, which clearly has been proved to be a toothless act. There are states where there is no regulation at all. Unless we parents make some noise there will be no resolution to these issues. Hence, we have decided to hold silent protests across the country on February 3," Sahai said. Along with the protests, a letter of their demands will be submitted everywhere.

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