Hyderabad: Agitated members of the Hyderabad School Parents Association on Saturday marched to the house of Prof. Tirupathi Rao, whose committee had recommended a 10 per cent annual school fee hike.
The parents staged a protest at the directorate of school education, Saifa-bad, on Saturday morning and wanted to meet Prof. Rao. When he refused to meet them, they marched towards his residence in the evening.
HSPA member Ashish Naredi said, “Even if it is late at night, we will wait to meet him but you can see from this how the committee is treating parents. He has to hear us, he can’t just pour water on all the hard work we have done.”
Mr Naredi said education minister Kadiam Srihari had given an appointment on Monday.
“We cannot allow any GO that gives blanket approval for a 10 per cent hike. In an effort to ensure that the schools don’t go to court, the committee has gone so far away from its objective that the parents will have to go to court to stop any GO based on its recommendations’’.
The association also wrote to IT minister K.T. Rama Rao on Twitter that the TRS government would not get the votes of parents who were cheated by the state government. The HSPA said it would intensify its protest if there was no rollback.
HSPA member Hridesh Gupta tweeted Mr Rama Rao and also started a Twitter handle #NoVoteToTRS.
“Please remember parents are vote banks, not the greedy school managements. Schools may fund you but they can’t vote you, 34 lakh parents are watching’’, he tweeted.
Parents have written a letter to the director of school education requesting it to conduct another meeting to discuss the recommendations in the fee hike report. However, parents were informed that Prof. Tirupathi Rao had already submitted the report on Friday.