June 20, 2009

First time ever in Hyderabad - Parents of various schools getting together for a protest.

The HSPA rally today (20th June) was a grand success with the parent associations of following schools participating.. Meridian, DPS (Hyd & Secbad), Niraj, Cal, Chirec, Princess Esin, Sreenidhi and a few more. Parents participated with full enthusiasm and the message was clear that parents will not leave any stone unturned to fight back. DPaS is thankful to all parents of DPS Secunderabad who were a part of this rally in making this event a grand success (spending 2 valuable hours from their busy personal/professional schedule for a noble cause).

A very special note of thanks to the Hyderabad City Police for permitting & supporting us during the event & the Media from across, who came in large numbers.

HSPA through this rally presented the following demands:
1. We demand immediate roll back of the Fee Hike for this academic year 2009-10, as the entire economy is reeling under recession and many Parents have either lost job or taken a huge Pay cuts.We have submitted a memorandum to Hon’ble Chief Minister on 14th June and submitted a memorandum to our Education Minister also in this regard.
We were given to understand that the Govt is planning to make a committee to look into the Fee structure and put some ceiling on Fee structure based on School type and related facilities. However we the Parents of HSPA request our Govt to take notice of other states like Maharashtra, Orrissa, New Delhi.. where the Govt. ordered complete roll back for this year and asked the School Managements to submit statement of accounts, as immediate action.
2. We request Govt to include Two representatives from HSPA into the committee that is being constituted, who can give true picture from the parents side.
3. We demand all the schools to form PTA ( Parent Teacher Association ) immediately to look into various aspects of the overall development of the school along with fee hike. Addition of any new facility or Implementation of fee hike or any category of additional fee should happen only after consultation and consent from the PTA of the school. The school managements should share the audited financial data of the school every year with the PTA.
4. Introduce a Maximum ceiling of fee hike to only 5% per annum, not 35 to 65 % like this year.
5. We strongly urge AP state Govt to take stern action against such schools who are indulging in commercializing of Primary education.