Parents of children studying in private schools of Delhi/NCR are aggrieved over the steep hike in school fees every year. Several CBSE-affiliated schools among others have reportedly hiked fees by 20 percent this year. The agitated parents have lodges several complaints, as a result of which the education department decided to monitor 122 CBSE-run, a dozen ICSE and thousands of state-run schools on May 14, 2015.
This tussle between parents and private schools is not a new one. Similar complaints were filed in the High Court in the year 2009. Parents have been seen lamenting over the lack of apathy and legislation in private schools. According to them, if the fee keeps increasing at this rate, Class 12 students will be paying an exorbitant amount of Rs 8 lakh per annum by the year 2020. However, now this long-standing tussle between parents and private school managements over “exorbitant” fees may soon come to an end with the Delhi government drafting a legislation to monitor and control fees.
The Bill, currently being worked on by the Department of Education, is going to be on the lines of the Fee Regulation Act in Tamil Nadu, passed in 2009, a top official at the directorate of education said. The proposed “Regulation of Collection of Fees Bill” may be introduced in the Assembly session next month. It proposes to constitute a high-powered committee headed by a retired judge to decide on the tuition charges levied by private schools.
If all goes fine, parents will not have to shell out a humongous amount on the school education of their children.