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STUDENTS WELFARE ASSOCIATION OF NAVI MUMBAI GETS HIGH COURT RELIEF AGAINST STEEP FEE HIKE IN BAL BHARTI SCHOOL, KHARGHAR

In the midst of recession, job losses and steep rise in fee structures of private schools has forced few parents of Bal Bharti School to form an association and fight against this issue. The parents have formed the Student Welfare Association and have approached the High Court for relief. Under the Sixth Pay Commission, many private schools in Navi Mumbai have increased their school fee structures. The hike was close to 60 to 70% in some schools which had received strong opposition from parents. Most of them severely hit by recession, pay cuts and job losses. To aid such parents, the Students Welfare Association was formed where the members filed a PIL in the Mumbai High Court. The Mumbai High Court upheld the PIL and stated that till a regulatory body was not formed, the fee hike would not be implemented in the schools. The members of SWA have expressed that the decision is likely to bring relief to the distress parents. The President and Secretary further spoke on the agenda of their organization. Through NMTV News, they also gave a message to parents. The Student Welfare Association has set an example of how collective consumer activism can bring positive results. With cameraperson Roshan Hate, Nilofar Shaikh for NMTV News.

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