With the 2019-20 academic session soon to begin in schools across the country, parents across several cities have reportedly protested the fee hike in CBSE affiliated schools.
According to a report of The Indian Express, cities across Maharashtra are protesting the fee hike in schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).
Reportedly, parents are also protesting the CBSE and state schools for forcing them to buy books and uniform from vendors selected by them.
“There is no transparency in the affairs of the management. Education should not be turned into a business. Three years ago, the fees for Class IV was Rs 23,000, which has now been increased to Rs 46,000,” The Indian Express quoted Yogesh Pathare, a member of a parent association in the western Indian state, as saying.
On the other hand, the Delhi government recently announced that school students would not have to pay any fees to the CBSE. Last month, Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia had said that the government would pay the exam fee and the students need not pay Rs 1500 to the Board.
It is pertinent to mention here that the Arvind Kejriwal government in the national capital had made education free till class 12 in 2018.