Srinagar: The Delhi Public School Budgam management said Tuesday that its bus drivers have called for a strike from Wednesday to press for enhancement in their salaries.
A text message from the school management late on Tuesday informed the parents about the strike, and told them that the school would remain open. Asking the parents to cooperate the text message also sought to put the onus of the problem on parents.
“We have to drop and pick up our wards as drivers have not been picking up phones after we received the message from school authorities,” Vaqar Ahmad, whose child studies in the school said.
Another parent, Bilal Bhat alleged the school was resorting to “pressure tactic”.
“I see it a tactic to put pressure on parents for a fee hike, though we have paid fee even when the school remained closed for months during 2016 unrest. The school also collected fee after 2014 floods despite the court order for a waiver.”
The text message sent to parents linked the development with the curbs on fee enhancement by the education department.
“From last 3 years we have not increased fees, still we increased salaries of drivers. They have announced sudden strike from tomorrow (Wednesday, 17th May 2017),” the text message sent to parents read. “School will be on.Faculty will b e available. Kindly cooperate.”