Lucknow, April 26 (IANS) The AAP will launch a statewide agitation against the “irrational and steep” hike in fees in private schools, a party spokesman said on Tuesday.
The steep and “unexplained” fee hike in various private schools of Uttar Pradesh was like “open extortion”, said Aam Aadmi Party national spokesman Dileep Pandey.
“These are not schools but are expensive shops that are fleecing helpless parents in the name of facilities and education,” he said at a press conference.
He criticised the Akhilesh Yadav government over its failure to rein in such elements.
Accusing the state government of patronising such schools, state AAP spokesman Vaibhav Maheshwari said a roadmap for the agitation was being readied.
“Our government in Delhi has shown how such schools can be brought to task and by allocating Rs.10,690 crore for education in the budget has shown its commitment to improve the education system,” he said.
The AAP leaders said that in contrast, Uttar Pradesh allocated only Rs.9,977 crore for education in a state of 25 crore people.