Private schools threaten stir

The State unit of Telangana Recognised School Management Association (TRSMA) has threatened to launch agitational programmes against the government demanding that private schools be exempt from fire safety NOC, police NOC and be entitled to right to collection of fees, among other demands.

TRSMA leaders convened an executive committee meeting here on Sunday to chalk out their plan of action, including closure of schools as part of putting pressure on the government for fulfilment of their demands.

Talking to newsmen, TRSMA State president S. Srinivas Reddy and general secretary Y. Shekhar Rao said fire safety equipment has been installed in the schools, and urged that they be exempt from fire NOC as the authorities concerned were “harassing” private schools, demanding ‘mamool’.

They pointed out that a majority of private schools were set up in lanes and bylanes, much before the new fire safety norms came into existence. Ridiculing the police NOC to private schools, they urged the government to provide relaxation as they were taking “all measures for the safety of children”. They also sought right to collection of fees from the parents for “providing quality education”.

The association leaders opposed the collection of property tax, commercial power and water tap connections to schools, while seeking fee reimbursement scheme for poor students studying in all private schools on par with degree and professional colleges. They demanded that the government should solve all their demands within 10 days, failing which they would intensify their agitation.

Alleging that the government is planning to close down private schools by exerting pressures and imposing several new taxes and norms, they reminded that the children of government officials, teachers, elected representatives, etc. study only in private schools for quality education.

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