Parents protesting asgainst fee hike in school
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Hadapsar-based Amanora School located at Amanora Park Town in Pune has expelled 486 students because parents and their children were protesting against 'illegal' fee hike.
The parents claimed that the school collected fees 'in an unauthorised' way. The school issued a statement citing that expelled students can be reinstated if the requisite fees are paid.
The school hikes fees every year. The school demanded Rs.85,000 as fees which includes capitation fees which was found illegal by the parents.
Meera Nair, school principal, shared a statement by her spokesperson of Amanora Knowledge Foundation, Vikram B Deshmukh, which stated, "Amanora Knowledge Foundation started the school with an intent to provide qualitative education and opportunities for overall development. The school in accordance to the act and rules followed the process for approval of school fees. The school formed the executive committee of Parent Teachers Association (PTA) in accordance to the prescribed provisions. The said committee resolved about fees to be charged for the academic year 2017-18, 2018-19. We informed all the parents to pay fees in accordance to the resolution made by the executive committee of PTA. We tried to resolve all the concerns of the parents and offered clearing doubts. However, despite requests to pay the school fees few parents failed to pay for the academic year 2017-18 and 2018-19 partially or fully. We have not deprived all these students of any facilities or initiatives of the school despite their parents not paying the school fees for the last two years. We ensured that all these students complete the academic year and no loss is caused to them on academic front. This non-payment was affecting the School’s financial health adversely hence we requested parents to make payments. We were left with no other option but to cancel admission of non-paying students as all our efforts went in vain. We as school will have no issues in reinstating the admission of these students if the fees is paid."