Parents protest against fee demand by pvt schools in Bokaro | Ranchi News

Bokaro: Flouting norms of Section 144, parents of students studying at private schools blocked the entrance of Bokaro deputy commissioner Mukesh Kumar’s residence and demanded a fee waiver for the period of lockdown. Most of the protesters were women who sat on a dharna holding placards ‘no school-no fees’. The protest was held under the banner All Parents Association.
Notably, state education minister Jagarnath Mahto had earlier, after separate meetings with parents and school authorities, asked the institutions to waive fees for two months if online classes were not held. However, an official order is awaited from the government.
On Saturday, initially the protesters had gathered at the collectorate building, but as the DC was not available there, they moved towards his residence. The protesters dispersed only after Chas SDO Shashi Prakash Singh came at the gate and warned them of action under Section 144. Singh also asked five of their representatives to come to his office on Monday to hear them out.
“Our demand is genuine as most of us hail from middle and lower middle classes and have suffered loss of employment and salaries. Schools are demanding three months tuition and other fees which is illogical. The online classes introduced by schools turned out to be stressful more than any help,” said Vinay Kumar, a parent, who was leading the agitation.

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