Parents protest exorbitant fees

More than 200 parents of students of St. George Anglo-Indian Higher Secondary School, Aminjikarai, on Monday protested against the school management for collecting exorbitant fees.About 10 parents were arrested by police and later released.

Garden Raja, the president of Tamil Nadu Anglo-Indian Schools Parents-Students Welfare Association, said that last year the Anglo-Indian Board had fixed fees between `6,000 and `9,000 for students from Class 1 to Plus-2.

“The board has clearly said the same fees should be collected this year, too. However, the school collects fees between Rs 11,000 and Rs 15,000,” alleged Garden Raja.

Last week, parents registered complaints against three schools over the fee charged. On Wednesday, more than 100 parents of students of P.J. Gupta High School, Ambattur, protested against the management for collecting exorbitant fees and giving receipts showing less amounts than the fees collected.

Parents of Doveton Girls Higher Secondary School, Vepery, alleged that more than 80 girls from the school were asked to stand outside classrooms and were later taken to another room as they had paid the fees fixed by the Fee Determination Committee and not the one stipulated by the school.

Parents of students of Grace Matriculation School in Kodungaiyur also protested recently after the school refused to admit children who did not pay fees prescribed by the school.

“As the schools reopened, parents of more than 25 schools have complained against school managements for collecting exorbitant fees,” said S. Arumainathan, state president of Federation of Tamil Nadu Students-Parents Welfare Association.

“More than 350 parents from 20 schools in the city petitioned Senthamizh Selvi, director of Matriculation Schools on Monday, demanding that she take action against schools that collect fees in excess than that stipulated by the Fee Determination Committee,” said Arumainathan.

“The government should take strict action against these schools and only then will they stop demanding excess fees,” Arumainathan said.

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