Claiming that private schools have been flouting admission norms, a delegation of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Noida members on Wednesday met officials of the district administration and talked to them regarding the same. They claimed that the schools have been increasing the annual tuition fee without consulting parents and also refusing admission to poor children under the Economic Weaker Section (EWS) category.
It was claimed by Narendra Kumar Yadav, convener of AAP Noida, that last month he took an EWS student to a school but the school management slammed its doors without listening to them. “The Noida Authority allotted land to the schools on the latter’s promise that they will offer 25% seats for students of the EWS category. No school discloses how many students they admit under the EWS category,” Yadav said. Yadav also said that the schools revised the tuition fee annually without consulting parents.
The managements of the schools, however, maintained that the tuition fee increment is an annual exercise done in accordance with the government norms. The fee is increased by up to 10% each academic year which they argue is directly proportional to the dearness allowance (DA) given to the teaching and non-teaching staff.
Meanwhile, parents feel that it is very difficult to get readmission in city schools in the event of migration.
Furthermore, the AAP workers submitted a memorandum in the office of the district magistrate, N P Singh, as he was not available. The officials have assured that a meeting will be convened next week with school officials to discuss the issues.