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  • Shaheen Ansari
    Friends, Children are born into the nation, the religion and the social class with which their family identifies. Few will dispute the power of the family as a
    Message 1 of 5 , Apr 23, 2009
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      Friends,

       

      Children are born into the nation, the religion and the social class with which their family identifies. Few will dispute the power of the family as a socialising agent.  I believe major stakeholders in education are parents followed by teachers, students and government & civil societies etc.  The government has to play an important role in providing access to quality education to all children but HOW?

                                                                                                                     

      The success or failure of the education process depends on the interaction of the first  three groups and the changing roles they play in. In addition, they are affected by government policies and civil societies’ activities.

       

      The most important stakeholders, parents, have not been playing their role in an organized way to claim/ demand right to free and quality education for their children. The reason for not involving in such activities may vary from parents to parents depending on their socio-economic status. Some parents may not have time and others may not have courage to fight for their constitutional rights. Some have money to send their children in so called best schools. Reasons for not joining any movement or agitation as organized parents may differ but the end result remains the same- Compromise With Right To Education.

       

      I am a student of history and I know that small incidents lead to historical change in a society.  4-5 months back parents of Faridabad organized and forced school authorities to reconsider their decisions to raise fee. Now similar activities can be seen in NOIDA where parents are protesting outside schools. Their pressures  are being felt and some of schools are considering to close their schools for sometime. Bal Bharti Public School, NOIDA has already declared 4 days holidays.

       

      What Next?

      My suggestion, I will wait for yours:

       

      I am thinking loudly:

      The present agitation is centered on Fee Hike. Parents are more concerned about fee hike  and not on improvement in quality of education in government schools which are free.

       

      Is it right time to contact such parents’ organizations   and guide them with some logistic support to fight for fundamental rights of free and quality education? Should we provide them a direction-  right based approach for their agitation?

       

      Should we organize an advocacy among parents to empower government schools to deliver quality education?

       

      How can we do?

      1. Preparing teachers profiles of government & pvt. Schools.
        Generally teachers in government schools are more qualified.
        Then why are they not delivering? Parents need think on it.
      2.  Facilities
        Government schools provide (officially as per the policy)  books to all, dress to girls, scholarships.
        Then why are they not delivering? Parents need think on it.
      3. We can think on these lines to compare govt. & pvt. schools 

      Should we convince parents that with the money, which  they pay to the pvt. Schools as fee, can be invested in improving the educational quality of government schools in their locality.  Can we transform this agitation into a movement for Common School System based on Neighborhood Schools. CSS can save public and government money on:

      • Saving on hostels
      • Saving on school transport
      • Saving on model schools
      • Saving on scholarships
      • Saving due to fees
      • No reservation needed  

      Some of the parents may not be aware of these evidence/ facts

      i)                     In most countries the whole education is provided free

      ii)                   ‘Free’ is a part of the UN/UNESCO resolution

      iii)                  a part of the Convention on the children’s rights

      iv)                 It is the Constitutional obligation

      v)                   It ensures equity and justice

        

      Question to Address:

      • Why should parents send their children to government schools?
      • And how to engage them to fight for their rights- specially right to free and quality education in their own locality?   

      Objective:

      • Quality of education  in govt. school at par with the best school of the area
      • CR centric school syllabus
      • All children in the govt. school
      • Teaches & parents jointly taking responsibilities for quality education
      • Awareness about CR  

      Intervention Tools:

      • Teachers training
      • Sensitizing parents and youths
        It is right time to catch them. 
      • Engagement of local youths
      • Teachers’ motivation level
        We need to work on motivation level of a teacher also. 
         

          Teachers Concern: 

      • We have to understand teacher’s problem also.
      • Relive them from their non-educational responsibilities
        Eg. Teachers of govt. schools do all sorts of things except teaching. Now they will be engaged in election process. They are also involved  in survey (Census) etc.
      • Accountability  aspect
        From Teachers points of views
        From Parents points of views
        From Youth points of views 
         

      I am just sharing my thoughts.

      I am open for comment, criticism and suggestion.

      Please find a report “Noida School In Fee Fracas, Stir Spreads” attached with it. It was published in HT/ April 23, 2009.

       

      Thanks & regards,

      Shaheen

       

      Noida School In Fee Fracas, Stir Spreads

      http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/StoryPage.aspx?sectionName=HomePage&id=8b4faa32-c9f5-46d6-b993-28b6f97b0612&Headline=Noida+school+in+fee+fracas%2c+stir+spreads

      The agitation over the hike in school fees in Delhi and the national capital region gained momentum on Wednesday.

      As parents continued to protest outside schools, Bal Bharati Public School, Noida, declared a four-day holiday fearing a lockout. “We were informed about a planned agitation in front of the school. We didn’t want to risk the safety of our students and declared a holiday,” said principal S. Bhattacharjee.

      In Faridabad, protests, dharnas and blockades on highways and at schools and administrative offices have become common. Some parents are on hunger strike. In response, at least 60 schools observed a one-day holiday last Friday.

      Parents are furious. “The additional district magistrate had said schools shouldn’t charge fee arrears and the hike shouldn’t be more than 25 per cent,” said A.K. Singh, president of the Noida Parents Welfare Association. “But several schools haven’t gone along with the suggestions.”

      The Delhi education department had passed an order to increase fees in a staggered manner with the hike ranging from Rs 100 to Rs 500 per month.

      However, parents claim many schools have hiked tuition fees beyond that limit.

      “Almost all schools have increased the security fee, building fund, development fund, annual charges and computer fee. So, overall increase is more than Rs 500 per month,” said Aanchal Sharma, a parent. “Schools increase fees by 10 per cent every year along with annual and development charges. During this economic crisis, they should consider parents’ position,” she added.

      But the schools are in no mood to relent. “The government has already clarified that schools can increase tuition fees in order to pay increased salaries of teachers. Since we change 15 per cent of tuition fees as development fees, the latter is bound to increase,” said S.L. Jain, chairperson of National Progressive Schools’ Conference, an association of 100 public schools.

      PS
      When classes are small enough to allow individual student-teacher interaction, a minor miracle occurs: Teachers teach and students learn. 



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      Arkitect India
      New Delhi

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    • ambarish rai
      Dear Friends I am with you. We should raise the issue of building common school system as a National system of education. Without establishing equity in
      Message 2 of 5 , Apr 24, 2009
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        Dear Friends
        I am with you. We should raise the issue of building 'common school system' as a National system of education. Without establishing equity in education and fixing the accountability of state to provide free education to all children according to fundamental rights, solution could not be achieved. Therfore we should make education a prominent agenda in Indian polity through people's movement and picking it in totaly instead of looking it in devided manner. Education is a matter of policy decision and issue of political will of ruling classes.
         
        regards,
        Ambarish Rai
        convener, people's campaign for common school system (PCCSS)
        --- On Fri, 24/4/09, Shaheen Ansari <ansarishaheen@...> wrote:

        From: Shaheen Ansari <ansarishaheen@...>
        Subject: [arkitectindia] Fee Hike, Parents Associations & Right to (Quality) Education
        To: arkitectindia@yahoogroups.com
        Date: Friday, 24 April, 2009, 5:08 AM

        Friends,

         

        Children are born into the nation, the religion and the social class with which their family identifies. Few will dispute the power of the family as a socialising agent.  I believe major stakeholders in education are parents followed by teachers, students and government & civil societies etc.  The government has to play an important role in providing access to quality education to all children but HOW?

                                                                                                                       

        The success or failure of the education process depends on the interaction of the first  three groups and the changing roles they play in. In addition, they are affected by government policies and civil societies’ activities.

         

        The most important stakeholders, parents, have not been playing their role in an organized way to claim/ demand right to free and quality education for their children. The reason for not involving in such activities may vary from parents to parents depending on their socio-economic status. Some parents may not have time and others may not have courage to fight for their constitutional rights. Some have money to send their children in so called best schools. Reasons for not joining any movement or agitation as organized parents may differ but the end result remains the same- Compromise With Right To Education.

         

        I am a student of history and I know that small incidents lead to historical change in a society.  4-5 months back parents of Faridabad organized and forced school authorities to reconsider their decisions to raise fee. Now similar activities can be seen in NOIDA where parents are protesting outside schools. Their pressures  are being felt and some of schools are considering to close their schools for sometime. Bal Bharti Public School, NOIDA has already declared 4 days holidays.

         

        What Next?

        My suggestion, I will wait for yours:

         

        I am thinking loudly:

        The present agitation is centered on Fee Hike. Parents are more concerned about fee hike  and not on improvement in quality of education in government schools which are free.

         

        Is it right time to contact such parents’ organizations   and guide them with some logistic support to fight for fundamental rights of free and quality education? Should we provide them a direction-  right based approach for their agitation?

         

        Should we organize an advocacy among parents to empower government schools to deliver quality education?

         

        How can we do?

        1. Preparing teachers profiles of government & pvt. Schools.
          Generally teachers in government schools are more qualified.
          Then why are they not delivering? Parents need think on it.
        2.  Facilities
          Government schools provide (officially as per the policy)  books to all, dress to girls, scholarships.
          Then why are they not delivering? Parents need think on it.
        3. We can think on these lines to compare govt. & pvt. schools 

        Should we convince parents that with the money, which  they pay to the pvt. Schools as fee, can be invested in improving the educational quality of government schools in their locality.  Can we transform this agitation into a movement for Common School System based on Neighborhood Schools. CSS can save public and government money on:

        • Saving on hostels
        • Saving on school transport
        • Saving on model schools
        • Saving on scholarships
        • Saving due to fees
        • No reservation needed  

        Some of the parents may not be aware of these evidence/ facts

        i)                     In most countries the whole education is provided free

        ii)                   ‘Free’ is a part of the UN/UNESCO resolution

        iii)                  a part of the Convention on the children’s rights

        iv)                 It is the Constitutional obligation

        v)                   It ensures equity and justice

          

        Question to Address:

        • Why should parents send their children to government schools?
        • And how to engage them to fight for their rights- specially right to free and quality education in their own locality?   

        Objective:

        • Quality of education  in govt. school at par with the best school of the area
        • CR centric school syllabus
        • All children in the govt. school
        • Teaches & parents jointly taking responsibilities for quality education
        • Awareness about CR  

        Intervention Tools:

        • Teachers training
        • Sensitizing parents and youths
          It is right time to catch them. 
        • Engagement of local youths
        • Teachers’ motivation level
          We need to work on motivation level of a teacher also. 
           

            Teachers Concern: 

        • We have to understand teacher’s problem also.
        • Relive them from their non-educational responsibilities
          Eg. Teachers of govt. schools do all sorts of things except teaching. Now they will be engaged in election process. They are also involved  in survey (Census) etc.
        • Accountability  aspect
          From Teachers points of views
          From Parents points of views
          From Youth points of views 
           

        I am just sharing my thoughts.

        I am open for comment, criticism and suggestion.

        Please find a report “Noida School In Fee Fracas, Stir Spreads” attached with it. It was published in HT/ April 23, 2009.

         

        Thanks & regards,

        Shaheen

         

        Noida School In Fee Fracas, Stir Spreads

        http://www.hindusta ntimes.com/ StoryPage/ StoryPage. aspx?sectionName =HomePage&id=8b4faa32- c9f5-46d6- b993-28b6f97b061 2&Headline=Noida+ school+in+ fee+fracas% 2c+stir+spreads

        The agitation over the hike in school fees in Delhi and the national capital region gained momentum on Wednesday.

        As parents continued to protest outside schools, Bal Bharati Public School, Noida, declared a four-day holiday fearing a lockout. “We were informed about a planned agitation in front of the school. We didn’t want to risk the safety of our students and declared a holiday,” said principal S. Bhattacharjee.

        In Faridabad, protests, dharnas and blockades on highways and at schools and administrative offices have become common. Some parents are on hunger strike. In response, at least 60 schools observed a one-day holiday last Friday.

        Parents are furious. “The additional district magistrate had said schools shouldn’t charge fee arrears and the hike shouldn’t be more than 25 per cent,” said A.K. Singh, president of the Noida Parents Welfare Association. “But several schools haven’t gone along with the suggestions.”

        The Delhi education department had passed an order to increase fees in a staggered manner with the hike ranging from Rs 100 to Rs 500 per month.

        However, parents claim many schools have hiked tuition fees beyond that limit.

        “Almost all schools have increased the security fee, building fund, development fund, annual charges and computer fee. So, overall increase is more than Rs 500 per month,” said Aanchal Sharma, a parent. “Schools increase fees by 10 per cent every year along with annual and development charges. During this economic crisis, they should consider parents’ position,” she added.

        But the schools are in no mood to relent. “The government has already clarified that schools can increase tuition fees in order to pay increased salaries of teachers. Since we change 15 per cent of tuition fees as development fees, the latter is bound to increase,” said S.L. Jain, chairperson of National Progressive Schools’ Conference, an association of 100 public schools.

        PS
        When classes are small enough to allow individual student-teacher interaction, a minor miracle occurs: Teachers teach and students learn. 


        --
        Dr. Shaheen Ansari
        Arkitect India
        New Delhi

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      • Leena Prasad
        Dear Shaheen,, I am sharing some of my thoughts .... On the Delhifront.. several private schools in delhi have also come out on the streets protesting almost
        Message 3 of 5 , Apr 30, 2009
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          Dear Shaheen,, 

          I am sharing some of my thoughts .... 

          On the Delhi front.. several private schools in delhi have also come out on the streets protesting almost everyday ... prominent ones being Ramjas school, Bal Bharthi Air force, K.R.Mangalam etc etc. The volunteers under the name of Manorath have been closely working with advocate ashok aggarwal, who is the president of All India Parents Association (AIPA) and has filed a PIL in the Delhi High Court on this issue. Mr Aggarwal over the last few weeks has also taken to the streets in a big way ... he leads the parents protests ... on 5th April he staged a rally in front of the education minister Delhi along with many parents and several children from the delhi slums ... Not a single child from the middle class families who's issue is being highlighted took part in the rally!!!. Again on 19th April, he along with AIPA staged a BIG demonstration wherein parents from several private schools participated. Thereafter a delegation of AIPA also went to meet with the education minister with the following demands:

          1. Delhi goverment takes over all the MCD schools
          2. All MCD schools are brought at par with KVs ... in terms of quality
          3. Roll back on fees hike 

          Volunteers from Gurgaon have updated us that some parents protested and met with staekholders after which the government was forced to withhold the payment of arrears this year. While Gurgaon and Noida protests have had some impact, the Delhi protests have so far led to no outcomes, solely because in Delhi this issue has got politised a lot. Even the High Court so far, has not intervened in any manner.. The unaided schools have been told by the Delhi govt that they can hike the fees provided the PTA has agreed ... but the point here is that most of the PTAs are mere puppets and disfunctional.

           

          One starking observation of mine is that the middle class seems to be protesting for their own cause ... but agree that it is a good opportunity to explore and check if this group is ready to speak for the causes of others. My interactions with Mr Aggarwal has shown that Now that the public has taken to the streets and are uniting, we could slowly start steering them towards other larger issuess of education and try to capacitate groups such as the AIPA to demand better quality in the MCD schools as well...but a long way to go truly.

           

          Manorath as a group of CRY volunteers, North, is in touch with some of the parents association and spreading word on their RTE campaign which is focussed on MCD schools. Volunteers have participated in rallies and spoken to the parents there. Our observations have been that this group of parents are not really concerned about MCD / other state run schools ... in Delhi, the situation of MCD schools is so bad and with the recent corporal punichments being reported by media as one of them has led to the death of a 11 year old girl .... we need to design any advocacy very carefully so that it does not bounce back.. But I am willing to be part of a smaller team to brainstrom / discuss and initiate. The VA strategy of forming geographical Public

          Action Groups, Thematic PAGs and college collectives, aims at ensuring that the middle class seeks accountability and demands quality for the underprivilged children and do not limit themselves to their own cause only.

           

          On the demands section: Manorath has been asking this question: Why do MPs, MLAs, ministers and government employees NOT send their children to state run schools?

           

          The Manorath members are trying to conduct awareness on rights in the Dakshinpuri area of South Delhi, under Ambedkar Nager Constituency. They regulalry interact with the children and parents of this cummunity and have also planned a awareness session this saturday, 25th April, where about 25-30 parents will be interacting with a MCD teacher who is also the admisions in - charge this year. The idea is that parents and teachers work together for fulfillment of the childrens' rights rather then keep blaming each other and the system . 

           

          Also, a group of volunteers have also undertaken the exercise of news tracking around all issues of RTE ... we have a lot of news article which can help.

           

          And before we get into any campaign mode, we need to do a lot of homework .. thats just a suggestion

           

          Best

          Leena                         



          From: ambarish rai <amb1857@...>
          To: arkitectindia@yahoogroups.com
          Sent: Saturday, April 25, 2009 9:50:05 AM
          Subject: Re: [arkitectindia] Fee Hike, Parents Associations & Right to (Quality) Education

          Dear Friends
          I am with you. We should raise the issue of building 'common school system' as a National system of education. Without establishing equity in education and fixing the accountability of state to provide free education to all children according to fundamental rights, solution could not be achieved. Therfore we should make education a prominent agenda in Indian polity through people's movement and picking it in totaly instead of looking it in devided manner. Education is a matter of policy decision and issue of political will of ruling classes.
           
          regards,
          Ambarish Rai
          convener, people's campaign for common school system (PCCSS)
          --- On Fri, 24/4/09, Shaheen Ansari <ansarishaheen@ gmail.com> wrote:

          From: Shaheen Ansari <ansarishaheen@ gmail.com>
          Subject: [arkitectindia] Fee Hike, Parents Associations & Right to (Quality) Education
          To: arkitectindia@ yahoogroups. com
          Date: Friday, 24 April, 2009, 5:08 AM

          Friends,

           

          Children are born into the nation, the religion and the social class with which their family identifies. Few will dispute the power of the family as a socialising agent.  I believe major stakeholders in education are parents followed by teachers, students and government & civil societies etc.  The government has to play an important role in providing access to quality education to all children but HOW?

                                                                                                                         

          The success or failure of the education process depends on the interaction of the first  three groups and the changing roles they play in. In addition, they are affected by government policies and civil societies’ activities.

           

          The most important stakeholders, parents, have not been playing their role in an organized way to claim/ demand right to free and quality education for their children. The reason for not involving in such activities may vary from parents to parents depending on their socio-economic status. Some parents may not have time and others may not have courage to fight for their constitutional rights. Some have money to send their children in so called best schools. Reasons for not joining any movement or agitation as organized parents may differ but the end result remains the same- Compromise With Right To Education.

           

          I am a student of history and I know that small incidents lead to historical change in a society.  4-5 months back parents of Faridabad organized and forced school authorities to reconsider their decisions to raise fee. Now similar activities can be seen in NOIDA where parents are protesting outside schools. Their pressures  are being felt and some of schools are considering to close their schools for sometime. Bal Bharti Public School, NOIDA has already declared 4 days holidays.

           

          What Next?

          My suggestion, I will wait for yours:

           

          I am thinking loudly:

          The present agitation is centered on Fee Hike. Parents are more concerned about fee hike  and not on improvement in quality of education in government schools which are free.

           

          Is it right time to contact such parents’ organizations   and guide them with some logistic support to fight for fundamental rights of free and quality education? Should we provide them a direction-  right based approach for their agitation?

           

          Should we organize an advocacy among parents to empower government schools to deliver quality education?

           

          How can we do?

          1. Preparing teachers profiles of government & pvt. Schools.
            Generally teachers in government schools are more qualified.
            Then why are they not delivering? Parents need think on it.
          2.  Facilities
            Government schools provide (officially as per the policy)  books to all, dress to girls, scholarships.
            Then why are they not delivering? Parents need think on it.
          3. We can think on these lines to compare govt. & pvt. schools 

          Should we convince parents that with the money, which  they pay to the pvt. Schools as fee, can be invested in improving the educational quality of government schools in their locality.  Can we transform this agitation into a movement for Common School System based on Neighborhood Schools. CSS can save public and government money on:

          • Saving on hostels
          • Saving on school transport
          • Saving on model schools
          • Saving on scholarships
          • Saving due to fees
          • No reservation needed  

          Some of the parents may not be aware of these evidence/ facts

          i)                     In most countries the whole education is provided free

          ii)                   ‘Free’ is a part of the UN/UNESCO resolution

          iii)                  a part of the Convention on the children’s rights

          iv)                 It is the Constitutional obligation

          v)                   It ensures equity and justice

            

          Question to Address:

          • Why should parents send their children to government schools?
          • And how to engage them to fight for their rights- specially right to free and quality education in their own locality?   

          Objective:

          • Quality of education  in govt. school at par with the best school of the area
          • CR centric school syllabus
          • All children in the govt. school
          • Teaches & parents jointly taking responsibilities for quality education
          • Awareness about CR  

          Intervention Tools:

          • Teachers training
          • Sensitizing parents and youths
            It is right time to catch them. 
          • Engagement of local youths
          • Teachers’ motivation level
            We need to work on motivation level of a teacher also. 
             

              Teachers Concern: 

          • We have to understand teacher’s problem also.
          • Relive them from their non-educational responsibilities
            Eg. Teachers of govt. schools do all sorts of things except teaching. Now they will be engaged in election process. They are also involved  in survey (Census) etc.
          • Accountability  aspect
            From Teachers points of views
            From Parents points of views
            From Youth points of views 
             

          I am just sharing my thoughts.

          I am open for comment, criticism and suggestion.

          Please find a report “Noida School In Fee Fracas, Stir Spreads” attached with it. It was published in HT/ April 23, 2009.

           

          Thanks & regards,

          Shaheen

           

          Noida School In Fee Fracas, Stir Spreads

          http://www.hindusta ntimes.com/ StoryPage/ StoryPage. aspx?sectionName =HomePage&id=8b4faa32- c9f5-46d6- b993-28b6f97b061 2&Headline=Noida+ school+in+ fee+fracas% 2c+stir+spreads

          The agitation over the hike in school fees in Delhi and the national capital region gained momentum on Wednesday.

          As parents continued to protest outside schools, Bal Bharati Public School, Noida, declared a four-day holiday fearing a lockout. “We were informed about a planned agitation in front of the school.. We didn’t want to risk the safety of our students and declared a holiday,” said principal S. Bhattacharjee.

          In Faridabad, protests, dharnas and blockades on highways and at schools and administrative offices have become common. Some parents are on hunger strike. In response, at least 60 schools observed a one-day holiday last Friday.

          Parents are furious. “The additional district magistrate had said schools shouldn’t charge fee arrears and the hike shouldn’t be more than 25 per cent,” said A.K. Singh, president of the Noida Parents Welfare Association. “But several schools haven’t gone along with the suggestions.”

          The Delhi education department had passed an order to increase fees in a staggered manner with the hike ranging from Rs 100 to Rs 500 per month.

          However, parents claim many schools have hiked tuition fees beyond that limit.

          “Almost all schools have increased the security fee, building fund, development fund, annual charges and computer fee. So, overall increase is more than Rs 500 per month,” said Aanchal Sharma, a parent. “Schools increase fees by 10 per cent every year along with annual and development charges. During this economic crisis, they should consider parents’ position,” she added.

          But the schools are in no mood to relent. “The government has already clarified that schools can increase tuition fees in order to pay increased salaries of teachers. Since we change 15 per cent of tuition fees as development fees, the latter is bound to increase,” said S.L. Jain, chairperson of National Progressive Schools’ Conference, an association of 100 public schools.

          PS
          When classes are small enough to allow individual student-teacher interaction, a minor miracle occurs: Teachers teach and students learn. 


          --
          Dr. Shaheen Ansari
          Arkitect India
          New Delhi

          http://arkindia. blogspot. com/
          http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/arkitectin dia/
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        • zubair ahmed
          Dear madam/sir, I believe that major stakeholders in education are in opposite direction,govt,civil society,teachers and the last parents as a whole. Nation
          Message 4 of 5 , May 2, 2009
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            Dear madam/sir,
            I believe that major stakeholders in education are in opposite direction,govt,civil society,teachers and the last parents as a whole.
            Nation consists of individuals,if the majority of individuals are educated,better the nation in same proportion and easy to govern the society as a whole shall have more peace and law complaince.Teachers shall be more qualified and better paid,parents as a whole shall be more content with their next generation,but here problem is that govt wants to create an artificial shortage of really good educated individuals,as to keep the supply in shortage,this shortage is covered by prohibitive salaries of civil servants and private sector executives and other useful individuals,thus keeping the butter in a tight lid container,the rest are left to rot as they fulfill the low skilled menial jobs in ample supply,so their wages are not enough even to sustain them,they are unable to think beyond that.
            they are easy to govern as they are not aware of their rights,and can be governed by coercive means.
            Yes,if we could educate even middle class and lower middle class parents to invest their money into govt schools,we can get much better quality in a very short period.
            Thank you.
            --- In arkitectindia@yahoogroups.com, Leena Prasad <leenadivansh@...> wrote:
            >
            > Dear
            > Shaheen,,
            > I am sharing some
            > of my thoughts ....
            > On the Delhifront.. several private schools in delhi
            > have also come out on the streets protesting almost everyday ... prominent ones
            > being Ramjas school, Bal Bharthi Air force, K.R.Mangalam etc etc. The
            > volunteers under the name of Manorath have been closely working with advocate
            > ashok aggarwal, who is the president of All India Parents Association
            > (AIPA) and has filed a PIL in the Delhi High Court on this issue. Mr
            > Aggarwal over the last few weeks has also taken to the streets in a big way ...
            > he leads the parents protests ... on 5th April he staged a rally in front of
            > the education minister Delhi along with many parents and several children from
            > the delhi slums ... Not a single child from the middle class families who's
            > issue is being highlighted took part in the rally!!!. Again on 19th April, he
            > along with AIPA staged a BIG demonstration wherein parents from several private
            > schools participated. Thereafter a delegation of AIPA also went to meet with
            > the education minister with the following demands:
            > 1. Delhigoverment takes over all the MCD schools
            > 2. All MCD schools are brought at par with KVs ... in terms of quality
            > 3. Roll back on fees hike
            > Volunteers from
            > Gurgaon have updated us that some parents protested and met with staekholders
            > after which the government was forced to withhold the payment of arrears this
            > year. While Gurgaon and Noida protests have had some impact, the Delhiprotests have so far led to no outcomes,
            > solely because in Delhithis issue has got politised a lot. Even
            > the High Court so far, has not intervened in any manner. The unaided schools
            > have been told by the Delhigovt that they can hike the fees provided the PTA has agreed
            > .... but the point here is that most of the PTAs are mere puppets and
            > disfunctional.
            >
            > One starking
            > observation of mine is that the middle class seems to be protesting for their
            > own cause ... but agree that it is a good opportunity to explore and check if
            > this group is ready to speak for the causes of others. My interactions with Mr
            > Aggarwal has shown that Now that the public has taken to the streets and are
            > uniting, we could slowly start steering them towards other larger issuess
            > of education and try to capacitate groups such as the AIPA to demand
            > better quality in the MCD schools as well...but a long way to go truly.
            >
            >
            > Manorath as a
            > group of CRY volunteers, North, is in touch with some of the parents
            > association and spreading word on their RTE campaign which is focussed on MCD
            > schools. Volunteers have participated in rallies and spoken to the parents
            > there. Our observations have been that this group of parents are not really
            > concerned about MCD / other state run schools ... in Delhi, the
            > situation of MCD schools is so bad and with the recent corporal punichments
            > being reported by media as one of them has led to the death of a 11 year old
            > girl .... we need to design any advocacy very carefully so that it does not
            > bounce back. But I am willing to be part of a smaller team to brainstrom /
            > discuss and initiate. The VA strategy of forming geographical Public
            > Action Groups,
            > Thematic PAGs and college collectives, aims at ensuring that the middle class
            > seeks accountability and demands quality for the underprivilged children and do
            > not limit themselves to their own cause only.
            >
            > On the demands
            > section: Manorath has been asking this question: Why do MPs, MLAs, ministers
            > and government employees NOT send their children to state run schools?
            >
            > The Manorath
            > members are trying to conduct awareness on rights in the Dakshinpuri area of South Delhi, under Ambedkar Nager Constituency. They
            > regulalry interact with the children and parents of this cummunity and have
            > also planned a awareness session this saturday, 25th April, where about 25-30
            > parents will be interacting with a MCD teacher who is also the admisions
            > in - charge this year. The idea is that parents and teachers
            > work together for fulfillment of the childrens' rights rather then
            > keep blaming each other and the system .
            >
            > Also, a group of
            > volunteers have also undertaken the exercise of news tracking around all issues
            > of RTE ... we have a lot of news article which can help.
            >
            > And before we get
            > into any campaign mode, we need to do a lot of homework .. thats just a
            > suggestion
            >
            > Best
            > Leena
            >
            >
            >
            > ________________________________
            > From: ambarish rai <amb1857@...>
            > To: arkitectindia@yahoogroups.com
            > Sent: Saturday, April 25, 2009 9:50:05 AM
            > Subject: Re: [arkitectindia] Fee Hike, Parents Associations & Right to (Quality) Education
            >
            >
            >
            >
            >
            > Dear Friends
            > I am with you. We should raise the issue of building 'common school system' as a National system of education. Without establishing equity in education and fixing the accountability of state to provide free education to all children according to fundamental rights, solution could not be achieved. Therfore we should make education a prominent agenda in Indian polity through people's movement and picking it in totaly instead of looking it in devided manner. Education is a matter of policy decision and issue of political will of ruling classes.
            >
            > regards,
            > Ambarish Rai
            > convener, people's campaign for common school system (PCCSS)
            > --- On Fri, 24/4/09, Shaheen Ansari <ansarishaheen@ gmail.com> wrote:
            >
            >
            > From: Shaheen Ansari <ansarishaheen@ gmail.com>
            > Subject: [arkitectindia] Fee Hike, Parents Associations & Right to (Quality) Education
            > To: arkitectindia@ yahoogroups. com
            > Date: Friday, 24 April, 2009, 5:08 AM
            >
            >
            > Friends,
            >
            > Children are born into the nation, the religion and the social class with which their family identifies. Few will dispute the power of the family as a socialising agent. I believe major stakeholders in education are parents followed by teachers, students and government & civil societies etc. The government has to play an important role in providing access to quality education to all children but HOW?
            >
            > The success or failure of the education process depends on the interaction of the first three groups and the changing roles they play in. In addition, they are affected by government policies and civil societies’ activities.
            >
            > The most important stakeholders, parents, have not been playing their role in an organized way to claim/ demand right to free and quality education for their children. The reason for not involving in such activities may vary from parents to parents depending on their socio-economic status. Some parents may not have time and others may not have courage to fight for their constitutional rights. Some have money to send their children in so called best schools. Reasons for not joining any movement or agitation as organized parents may differ but the end result remains the same- Compromise With Right To Education.
            >
            > I am a student of history and I know that small incidents lead to historical change in a society. 4-5 months back parents of Faridabad organized and forced school authorities to reconsider their decisions to raise fee. Now similar activities can be seen in NOIDA where parents are protesting outside schools. Their pressures are being felt and some of schools are considering to close their schools for sometime. Bal Bharti Public School, NOIDA has already declared 4 days holidays.
            >
            > What Next?
            > My suggestion, I will wait for yours:
            >
            > I am thinking loudly:
            > The present agitation is centered on Fee Hike. Parents are more concerned about fee hike and not on improvement in quality of education in government schools which are free.
            >
            > Is it right time to contact such parents’ organizations and guide them with some logistic support to fight for fundamental rights of free and quality education? Should we provide them a direction- right based approach for their agitation?
            >
            > Should we organize an advocacy among parents to empower government schools to deliver quality education?
            >
            > How can we do?
            > 1. Preparing teachers profiles of government & pvt. Schools.
            > Generally teachers in government schools are more qualified.
            > Then why are they not delivering? Parents need think on it.
            > 2. Facilities
            > Government schools provide (officially as per the policy) books to all, dress to girls, scholarships.
            > Then why are they not delivering? Parents need think on it.
            > 3. We can think on these lines to compare govt. & pvt. schools
            > Should we convince parents that with the money, which they pay to the pvt. Schools as fee, can be invested in improving the educational quality of government schools in their locality. Can we transform this agitation into a movement for Common School System based on Neighborhood Schools. CSS can save public and government money on:
            > * Saving on hostels
            > * Saving on school transport
            > * Saving on model schools
            > * Saving on scholarships
            > * Saving due to fees
            > * No reservation needed
            > Some of the parents may not be aware of these evidence/ facts
            > i) In most countries the whole education is provided free
            > ii) ‘Free’ is a part of the UN/UNESCO resolution
            > iii) a part of the Convention on the children’s rights
            > iv) It is the Constitutional obligation
            > v) It ensures equity and justice
            >
            > Question to Address:
            > * Why should parents send their children to government schools?
            > * And how to engage them to fight for their rights- specially right to free and quality education in their own locality?
            > Objective:
            > * Quality of education in govt. school at par with the best school of the area
            > * CR centric school syllabus
            > * All children in the govt. school
            > * Teaches & parents jointly taking responsibilities for quality education
            > * Awareness about CR
            > Intervention Tools:
            > * Teachers training
            > * Sensitizing parents and youths
            > It is right time to catch them.
            > * Engagement of local youths
            > * Teachers’ motivation level
            > We need to work on motivation level of a teacher also.
            > Teachers Concern:
            > * We have to understand teacher’s problem also.
            > * Relive them from their non-educational responsibilities
            > Eg. Teachers of govt. schools do all sorts of things except teaching. Now they will be engaged in election process. They are also involved in survey (Census) etc.
            > * Accountability aspect
            > From Teachers points of views
            > From Parents points of views
            > From Youth points of views
            > I am just sharing my thoughts..
            > I am open for comment, criticism and suggestion.
            > Please find a report “Noida School In Fee Fracas, Stir Spreads” attached with it. It was published in HT/ April 23, 2009.
            >
            > Thanks & regards,
            > Shaheen
            >
            > NoidaSchoolIn Fee Fracas, Stir Spreads
            > http://www.hindusta ntimes.com/ StoryPage/ StoryPage. aspx?sectionName =HomePage&id=8b4faa32- c9f5-46d6- b993-28b6f97b061 2&Headline=Noida+ school+in+ fee+fracas% 2c+stir+spreads
            > The agitation over the hike in school fees in Delhi and the national capital region gained momentum on Wednesday.
            > As parents continued to protest outside schools, Bal Bharati Public School, Noida, declared a four-day holiday fearing a lockout. “We were informed about a planned agitation in front of the school. We didn’t want to risk the safety of our students and declared a holiday,” said principal S. Bhattacharjee.
            > In Faridabad, protests, dharnas and blockades on highways and at schools and administrative offices have become common. Some parents are on hunger strike. In response, at least 60 schools observed a one-day holiday last Friday.
            > Parents are furious. “The additional district magistrate had said schools shouldn’t charge fee arrears and the hike shouldn’t be more than 25 per cent,” said A.K. Singh, president of the Noida Parents Welfare Association. “But several schools haven’t gone along with the suggestions.”
            > The Delhi education department had passed an order to increase fees in a staggered manner with the hike ranging from Rs 100 to Rs 500 per month.
            > However, parents claim many schools have hiked tuition fees beyond that limit.
            > “Almost all schools have increased the security fee, building fund, development fund, annual charges and computer fee. So, overall increase is more than Rs 500 per month,” said Aanchal Sharma, a parent. “Schools increase fees by 10 per cent every year along with annual and development charges. During this economic crisis, they should consider parents’ position,” she added.
            > But the schools are in no mood to relent. “The government has already clarified that schools can increase tuition fees in order to pay increased salaries of teachers. Since we change 15 per cent of tuition fees as development fees, the latter is bound to increase,” said S.L. Jain, chairperson of National Progressive Schools’ Conference, an association of 100 public schools.
            > PS
            > When classes are small enough to allow individual student-teacher interaction, a minor miracle occurs: Teachers teach and students learn.
            >
            > --
            > Dr. Shaheen Ansari
            > Arkitect India
            > New Delhi
            >
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            > http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/arkitectin dia/
            > http://picasaweb. google.co. in/arkitect95
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          • zubair ahmed
            As, at outset Mr. Shaheen Ansari laments that Parents have not been playing their role in an organised wayto claim/demand right to free and quality education
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              As, at outset Mr. Shaheen Ansari laments that "Parents have not been playing their role in an organised wayto claim/demand right to free and quality education for their children'',in the same breath she herself pointed out that reasons may vary,''vary from parentsto parents depending on their socio economic status''.I dont agree with her assumption that some dont have time,those who are time shorted are not short of money,instead of wasting their time to demand free and quality education from the state,they are purchasing it from the open market,their present agitation is not for any noble cause but for exploitive approach of unruly businessmen who are seizing the opportunity to fleece the customers as the saleable commodity, the Education is in short supply.simply demand supply formula economic is applied.About those who lack courage as i have already pointed out,they are too busy making a living and rest is immaterial for them.oppressed and unorganised,here comes our responsiblity who have some means and mind, who can about future and the fall out of today on tomorrow as is evident in other areas like deforestation and its consequences ,ecological disaster where the entire mankind is gaping at.
              For a welfare state and for that sake any state,FREE AND QUALITY EDUCATION IS MUST FOR EVERY CITIZEN,abdication of this responsibility of state shall only generate chaos ,of which primary syptoms are so clearly visible, Kasab is an example,poorly educated,unemployed became an easy target to be indoctorinated by vested interests,who im my opinion are also poorly educated because of lack of opportunity to free and quality education based on contemporary carriculam,so they turned to free Madarsa education.Had the got the chance to enroll in state funded free and quality education,i am sure their perespective of world would have been different.


              --- In arkitectindia@yahoogroups.com, zubair ahmed <zubairmedusa@...> wrote:
              >
              > Dear madam/sir,
              > I believe that major stakeholders in education are in opposite direction,govt,civil society,teachers and the last parents as a whole.
              > Nation consists of individuals,if the majority of individuals are educated,better the nation in same proportion and easy to govern the society as a whole shall have more peace and law complaince.Teachers shall be more qualified and better paid,parents as a whole shall be more content with their next generation,but here problem is that govt wants to create an artificial shortage of really good educated individuals,as to keep the supply in shortage,this shortage is covered by prohibitive salaries of civil servants and private sector executives and other useful individuals,thus keeping the butter in a tight lid container,the rest are left to rot as they fulfill the low skilled menial jobs in ample supply,so their wages are not enough even to sustain them,they are unable to think beyond that.
              > they are easy to govern as they are not aware of their rights,and can be governed by coercive means.
              > Yes,if we could educate even middle class and lower middle class parents to invest their money into govt schools,we can get much better quality in a very short period.
              > Thank you.
              > --- In arkitectindia@yahoogroups.com, Leena Prasad <leenadivansh@> wrote:
              > >
              > > Dear
              > > Shaheen,,
              > > I am sharing some
              > > of my thoughts ....
              > > On the Delhifront.. several private schools in delhi
              > > have also come out on the streets protesting almost everyday ... prominent ones
              > > being Ramjas school, Bal Bharthi Air force, K.R.Mangalam etc etc. The
              > > volunteers under the name of Manorath have been closely working with advocate
              > > ashok aggarwal, who is the president of All India Parents Association
              > > (AIPA) and has filed a PIL in the Delhi High Court on this issue. Mr
              > > Aggarwal over the last few weeks has also taken to the streets in a big way ...
              > > he leads the parents protests ... on 5th April he staged a rally in front of
              > > the education minister Delhi along with many parents and several children from
              > > the delhi slums ... Not a single child from the middle class families who's
              > > issue is being highlighted took part in the rally!!!. Again on 19th April, he
              > > along with AIPA staged a BIG demonstration wherein parents from several private
              > > schools participated. Thereafter a delegation of AIPA also went to meet with
              > > the education minister with the following demands:
              > > 1. Delhigoverment takes over all the MCD schools
              > > 2. All MCD schools are brought at par with KVs ... in terms of quality
              > > 3. Roll back on fees hike
              > > Volunteers from
              > > Gurgaon have updated us that some parents protested and met with staekholders
              > > after which the government was forced to withhold the payment of arrears this
              > > year. While Gurgaon and Noida protests have had some impact, the Delhiprotests have so far led to no outcomes,
              > > solely because in Delhithis issue has got politised a lot. Even
              > > the High Court so far, has not intervened in any manner. The unaided schools
              > > have been told by the Delhigovt that they can hike the fees provided the PTA has agreed
              > > .... but the point here is that most of the PTAs are mere puppets and
              > > disfunctional.
              > >
              > > One starking
              > > observation of mine is that the middle class seems to be protesting for their
              > > own cause ... but agree that it is a good opportunity to explore and check if
              > > this group is ready to speak for the causes of others. My interactions with Mr
              > > Aggarwal has shown that Now that the public has taken to the streets and are
              > > uniting, we could slowly start steering them towards other larger issuess
              > > of education and try to capacitate groups such as the AIPA to demand
              > > better quality in the MCD schools as well...but a long way to go truly.
              > >
              > >
              > > Manorath as a
              > > group of CRY volunteers, North, is in touch with some of the parents
              > > association and spreading word on their RTE campaign which is focussed on MCD
              > > schools. Volunteers have participated in rallies and spoken to the parents
              > > there. Our observations have been that this group of parents are not really
              > > concerned about MCD / other state run schools ... in Delhi, the
              > > situation of MCD schools is so bad and with the recent corporal punichments
              > > being reported by media as one of them has led to the death of a 11 year old
              > > girl .... we need to design any advocacy very carefully so that it does not
              > > bounce back. But I am willing to be part of a smaller team to brainstrom /
              > > discuss and initiate. The VA strategy of forming geographical Public
              > > Action Groups,
              > > Thematic PAGs and college collectives, aims at ensuring that the middle class
              > > seeks accountability and demands quality for the underprivilged children and do
              > > not limit themselves to their own cause only.
              > >
              > > On the demands
              > > section: Manorath has been asking this question: Why do MPs, MLAs, ministers
              > > and government employees NOT send their children to state run schools?
              > >
              > > The Manorath
              > > members are trying to conduct awareness on rights in the Dakshinpuri area of South Delhi, under Ambedkar Nager Constituency. They
              > > regulalry interact with the children and parents of this cummunity and have
              > > also planned a awareness session this saturday, 25th April, where about 25-30
              > > parents will be interacting with a MCD teacher who is also the admisions
              > > in - charge this year. The idea is that parents and teachers
              > > work together for fulfillment of the childrens' rights rather then
              > > keep blaming each other and the system .
              > >
              > > Also, a group of
              > > volunteers have also undertaken the exercise of news tracking around all issues
              > > of RTE ... we have a lot of news article which can help.
              > >
              > > And before we get
              > > into any campaign mode, we need to do a lot of homework .. thats just a
              > > suggestion
              > >
              > > Best
              > > Leena
              > >
              > >
              > >
              > > ________________________________
              > > From: ambarish rai <amb1857@>
              > > To: arkitectindia@yahoogroups.com
              > > Sent: Saturday, April 25, 2009 9:50:05 AM
              > > Subject: Re: [arkitectindia] Fee Hike, Parents Associations & Right to (Quality) Education
              > >
              > >
              > >
              > >
              > >
              > > Dear Friends
              > > I am with you. We should raise the issue of building 'common school system' as a National system of education. Without establishing equity in education and fixing the accountability of state to provide free education to all children according to fundamental rights, solution could not be achieved. Therfore we should make education a prominent agenda in Indian polity through people's movement and picking it in totaly instead of looking it in devided manner. Education is a matter of policy decision and issue of political will of ruling classes.
              > >
              > > regards,
              > > Ambarish Rai
              > > convener, people's campaign for common school system (PCCSS)
              > > --- On Fri, 24/4/09, Shaheen Ansari <ansarishaheen@ gmail.com> wrote:
              > >
              > >
              > > From: Shaheen Ansari <ansarishaheen@ gmail.com>
              > > Subject: [arkitectindia] Fee Hike, Parents Associations & Right to (Quality) Education
              > > To: arkitectindia@ yahoogroups. com
              > > Date: Friday, 24 April, 2009, 5:08 AM
              > >
              > >
              > > Friends,
              > >
              > > Children are born into the nation, the religion and the social class with which their family identifies. Few will dispute the power of the family as a socialising agent. I believe major stakeholders in education are parents followed by teachers, students and government & civil societies etc. The government has to play an important role in providing access to quality education to all children but HOW?
              > >
              > > The success or failure of the education process depends on the interaction of the first three groups and the changing roles they play in. In addition, they are affected by government policies and civil societies’ activities.
              > >
              > > The most important stakeholders, parents, have not been playing their role in an organized way to claim/ demand right to free and quality education for their children. The reason for not involving in such activities may vary from parents to parents depending on their socio-economic status. Some parents may not have time and others may not have courage to fight for their constitutional rights. Some have money to send their children in so called best schools. Reasons for not joining any movement or agitation as organized parents may differ but the end result remains the same- Compromise With Right To Education.
              > >
              > > I am a student of history and I know that small incidents lead to historical change in a society. 4-5 months back parents of Faridabad organized and forced school authorities to reconsider their decisions to raise fee. Now similar activities can be seen in NOIDA where parents are protesting outside schools. Their pressures are being felt and some of schools are considering to close their schools for sometime. Bal Bharti Public School, NOIDA has already declared 4 days holidays.
              > >
              > > What Next?
              > > My suggestion, I will wait for yours:
              > >
              > > I am thinking loudly:
              > > The present agitation is centered on Fee Hike. Parents are more concerned about fee hike and not on improvement in quality of education in government schools which are free.
              > >
              > > Is it right time to contact such parents’ organizations and guide them with some logistic support to fight for fundamental rights of free and quality education? Should we provide them a direction- right based approach for their agitation?
              > >
              > > Should we organize an advocacy among parents to empower government schools to deliver quality education?
              > >
              > > How can we do?
              > > 1. Preparing teachers profiles of government & pvt. Schools.
              > > Generally teachers in government schools are more qualified.
              > > Then why are they not delivering? Parents need think on it.
              > > 2. Facilities
              > > Government schools provide (officially as per the policy) books to all, dress to girls, scholarships.
              > > Then why are they not delivering? Parents need think on it.
              > > 3. We can think on these lines to compare govt. & pvt. schools
              > > Should we convince parents that with the money, which they pay to the pvt. Schools as fee, can be invested in improving the educational quality of government schools in their locality. Can we transform this agitation into a movement for Common School System based on Neighborhood Schools. CSS can save public and government money on:
              > > * Saving on hostels
              > > * Saving on school transport
              > > * Saving on model schools
              > > * Saving on scholarships
              > > * Saving due to fees
              > > * No reservation needed
              > > Some of the parents may not be aware of these evidence/ facts
              > > i) In most countries the whole education is provided free
              > > ii) ‘Free’ is a part of the UN/UNESCO resolution
              > > iii) a part of the Convention on the children’s rights
              > > iv) It is the Constitutional obligation
              > > v) It ensures equity and justice
              > >
              > > Question to Address:
              > > * Why should parents send their children to government schools?
              > > * And how to engage them to fight for their rights- specially right to free and quality education in their own locality?
              > > Objective:
              > > * Quality of education in govt. school at par with the best school of the area
              > > * CR centric school syllabus
              > > * All children in the govt. school
              > > * Teaches & parents jointly taking responsibilities for quality education
              > > * Awareness about CR
              > > Intervention Tools:
              > > * Teachers training
              > > * Sensitizing parents and youths
              > > It is right time to catch them.
              > > * Engagement of local youths
              > > * Teachers’ motivation level
              > > We need to work on motivation level of a teacher also.
              > > Teachers Concern:
              > > * We have to understand teacher’s problem also.
              > > * Relive them from their non-educational responsibilities
              > > Eg. Teachers of govt. schools do all sorts of things except teaching. Now they will be engaged in election process. They are also involved in survey (Census) etc.
              > > * Accountability aspect
              > > From Teachers points of views
              > > From Parents points of views
              > > From Youth points of views
              > > I am just sharing my thoughts..
              > > I am open for comment, criticism and suggestion.
              > > Please find a report “Noida School In Fee Fracas, Stir Spreads” attached with it. It was published in HT/ April 23, 2009.
              > >
              > > Thanks & regards,
              > > Shaheen
              > >
              > > NoidaSchoolIn Fee Fracas, Stir Spreads
              > > http://www.hindusta ntimes.com/ StoryPage/ StoryPage. aspx?sectionName =HomePage&id=8b4faa32- c9f5-46d6- b993-28b6f97b061 2&Headline=Noida+ school+in+ fee+fracas% 2c+stir+spreads
              > > The agitation over the hike in school fees in Delhi and the national capital region gained momentum on Wednesday.
              > > As parents continued to protest outside schools, Bal Bharati Public School, Noida, declared a four-day holiday fearing a lockout. “We were informed about a planned agitation in front of the school. We didn’t want to risk the safety of our students and declared a holiday,” said principal S. Bhattacharjee.
              > > In Faridabad, protests, dharnas and blockades on highways and at schools and administrative offices have become common. Some parents are on hunger strike. In response, at least 60 schools observed a one-day holiday last Friday.
              > > Parents are furious. “The additional district magistrate had said schools shouldn’t charge fee arrears and the hike shouldn’t be more than 25 per cent,” said A.K. Singh, president of the Noida Parents Welfare Association. “But several schools haven’t gone along with the suggestions.”
              > > The Delhi education department had passed an order to increase fees in a staggered manner with the hike ranging from Rs 100 to Rs 500 per month.
              > > However, parents claim many schools have hiked tuition fees beyond that limit.
              > > “Almost all schools have increased the security fee, building fund, development fund, annual charges and computer fee. So, overall increase is more than Rs 500 per month,” said Aanchal Sharma, a parent. “Schools increase fees by 10 per cent every year along with annual and development charges. During this economic crisis, they should consider parents’ position,” she added.
              > > But the schools are in no mood to relent. “The government has already clarified that schools can increase tuition fees in order to pay increased salaries of teachers. Since we change 15 per cent of tuition fees as development fees, the latter is bound to increase,” said S.L. Jain, chairperson of National Progressive Schools’ Conference, an association of 100 public schools.
              > > PS
              > > When classes are small enough to allow individual student-teacher interaction, a minor miracle occurs: Teachers teach and students learn.
              > >
              > > --
              > > Dr. Shaheen Ansari
              > > Arkitect India
              > > New Delhi
              > >
              > > http://arkindia. blogspot. com/
              > > http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/arkitectin dia/
              > > http://picasaweb. google.co. in/arkitect95
              > > http://360.yahoo. com/profile- JIaxIkgwaa1wvF6q 46BnSlqf
              > >
              > >
              > >
              > > ________________________________
              > > Now surf faster and smarter ! Check out the new Firefox 3 - Yahoo! Edition * Click here!
              > >
              >
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