Parents upset at schools charging high fees but not delivering on quality have joined hands to fight the system collectively. A rainbow coalition of parents and parent organisations are getting together to form the All India Federation of Parents’ Associations so that they can collectively battle irregularities in the system. The federation is in the process of getting itself registered with Mumbai’s charity commissioner.
“While commercialisation of education is rampant throughout the country, there is a growing criminalisation of the education system. We want to stop it before it spreads like cancer,” says Dr Avisha Kulkarni, the sole parent on the state government fee regulatory committee, who will be the general secretary of the federation. Incidentally, Kulkarni is involved in a legal battle against the management of her daughter’s school over fees.
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