Hyderabad: The Hyderabad Schools Parents’ Association (HSPA), on 25 August, submitted a representation to education minister Sabitha Indira Reddy highlighting their grievances regarding school fees and online classes.

The parents claimed that schools were violating government orders by asking them to pay the school fees and the Pragyata guidelines regarding online classes. Further, the HSPA said the online classes were putting an additional financial strain on the parents. They also alleged that the schools were collecting other fees, like library fees, uniforms and book fees, instead of collecting only the tuition fees as per the government order.

The HSPA members also told the minister that the ministry of human resource development (MHRD) and the state government were yet to decide on cutting down the ICSE and CBSE syllabus due to delay in the academic year.

The education minister said she will conduct a Zoom video conference with all parents in the coming days, said the members of the association.

Earlier, the HSPA had written to the ministry of human resource development claiming that the National Education Policy 2020 has no regulations in place to prevent schools from indiscriminately fixing the fees. Such apathy on the part of the government will leave the parents helpless, they had claimed.

The HSPA had further requested the ministry to propose a mechanism to regulate school fees and fix an upper limit for private schools as has been proposed for higher education institutions.

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