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No more wanton fee hikes

The state government has finally cracked down against indiscriminate fee hikes by private unaided schools,making it compulsory for them to take the permission of a fee regulatory committee first.

Written by Express News Service | Pune |
May 14, 2009 12:13:19 am

Schools must take govt panel’s permission first

The state government has finally cracked down against indiscriminate fee hikes by private unaided schools,making it compulsory for them to take the permission of a fee regulatory committee first. The government will set up such a panel soon.

The government adopted such a resolution on May 8 and sent copies to schools in the city on Wednesday. “The decision is to be implemented from this academic year (2009-10)… the schools that have already increased their fees will have to take permission for the increase from the committee,failing to which the schools will lose recognition,” says the resolution.

Deputy education director of Pune division G K Mhamane confirmed receiving a copy of the resolution two days ago and said it has been sent to education officers. “Schools will face action if they don’t follow the resolution,” he said.

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The resolution says schools affiliated to CBSE,ICSE,IGCSE and IB stand to have heir no-objection certificates cancelled if they refuse to take the committee’s permission,the resolution says.

Parents had been grumbling about massive fee hikes. Many private schools have imposed annual hikes in the range of Rs 2,000-8,000,claiming this would help impart quality education. Parents have argued it is not justifiable amid the economic slowdown.

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