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From today, school cannot increase fees arbitrarily thanks to govt rules

School Fee

The state government is ready to implement the fee hike policy formulated a month ago. After a new government resolution (GR) was passed on July 15 and a subsequent court hearing, the authorities had announced that it would be implemented from August 15. From Monday, school managements will be unable to introduce a random fee hike, without the approval of the school management committees or parent-teacher associations.Also, schools will now be compelled to set up a website with vital information, such as their balance sheet. School education minister Balasaheb Thorat said, “The government will be implementing the government resolution from Monday. The schools have to set up their website soon and department offices will monitor them. The court had asked the state government to wait for a month before implementing it.”

However, parent organisations are skeptical about the implementation of the GR from Monday. Jayant Jain of the Forum for Fairness in Education said: “The fee hike GR was farce. The school management will again approach the high court. After a month’s notice, schools should have been prepared at least with their websites. But 90% of the schools do not yet have a website.

Schools that have the websites refuse to make public their balance sheets. They do not even have the fee structure on the website.”

Jain said the once the matter goes to the court again, schools would continue to hike the fee and the government would not be able to initiate any action as the matter would be sub judice. Some schools are yet to set up the PTA.

“Some schools are charging exorbitant PTA membership fee from parents. This is again incorrect under the capitation fee act,” said Jain.

Yogita Rao, Daily News & Analysis, August 16, 2010

2 Comments

2 Responses to “From today, school cannot increase fees arbitrarily thanks to govt rules”

  1. Rajinder Katoch
    17 August 2010 at 01:48

    This has happened in Maharashtra because the main parent body i.e. Forum for
    Faireness in Education is quite strong and its presence is increasing. On the
    contrary few parents education are up against school managements. Like we
    have written a complaint to DCP South requesting him to help us implement
    the three things in the Green Fields School, S.J. Enclave, New Delhi.

    1. Since, there is a judgment of the Delhi High court, the school should implement late fee of 5 paise per day and intimate the same through a written and signed circular as the school management does for school fee increase.

    2. Directorate of Education has asked school management to pay arrears from their account and school management is not doing that. We want police to intervene and help us implement the same in the school.

    3. Directorate of Education has not permitted school to increase school fee. The fee for April 2010 should be rolled back to 2009 28th May 2010 level. Till the time Hon’ble Delhi High
    Court reached a judgement, parents will continue paying this fee.

    Regards,

    Rajinder Katoch
    Gen Secretary – Parents Welfare Association (Regd)
    9873018558

  2. Great work. This was required. I am a mother of a 18 months old son and trying hard to get a good preschool to get him admitted. Few preschools I visited already have so much high fee structure that I am in dilema whether they would take care of my kid they are promising now. It is really hard to find a good school for my kid. I got an information from one of my friend regarding a school fair, in which top Indian schools including pre-schools will take part. I am looking forward to attend that also apart from collecting information from net and visiting nurseries.

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