PUNE: Protesting against a 40 per cent hike in fees at P Jog School, a parents’ association has demanded that the school management withdraw its decision. As per the decision taken by the school, the fees for the academic session beginning June 2012 will be Rs 17,500 annually as against the present Rs 12,000.
“For the past four years, I have been giving separate fees for computer lessons in the school, but they still don’t have a computer laboratory. The school does not even have a playground. Last year, they increased the fees by Rs 2,000, but we have seen no improvement in the facilities,” said a parent.
DR Bandre, another parent said, “They sent us a letter saying the fees will be increased, but we were not told what additional facilities will be introduced. We were also called to the school for a meeting with the administration, but they didn’t give us a chance to present our side of the story. So we decided to form an association to protest on the issue. On Thursday we will meet again to decide the course of action.”
Amol Jog, vice-president, Jog Educational Trust, said, “Our fees is lesser than most other English medium schools in the city. With rising expenses and demands of salary hike by teachers and the non-teaching staff, we need to increase the fees. Unlike what some parents have claimed, as of now our annual fees for class I to class XII is only Rs 9,800 and not Rs 12,000.”
He added that many involved in the protests are not even parents of the students and hence have no reason to interfere in the school’s internal matters. “This is an attempt to defame us. We will take legal action against those who are misleading the parents,” said Jog.