May 13, 2009 10:14:46 pm
President of Maharashtra State Confederation of Managements of Educational Institutes Devisinh Shekhavat on Tuesday said setting up of regulatory body to keep a tab on school fee will help schools increase the fees further.
Shekhavat was talking to The Indian Express on the sidelines of a function organised to mark the 100 th foundation day of Pune Vidyarthi Gruha (PVG). He was commenting on the latest move of the state government to set up a regulatory body to keep check on school fees in the wake of some private unaided secondary schools suddenly increasing fees from Rs 2,000 to Rs 8,000 this year. “We have the experience of Shikshan Shulka Samiti set up to decide fee structure of professional courses like engineering and medical. The fees are increasing every year as per the Samiti’s directives. In the same way,the fees for the private unaided schools will increase every year,as it will be based on the balance sheet of the schools,” he said.
Shekhavat’s statement assumes significance,as the parents of school children were demanding regulatory body to minimise the fees.
Earlier in his speech Shekhavat said the parents should accept five per cent increase in school fees every year if they want better education in private schools. “One cannot bring upgrade quality of education without investing. Therefore,fee hike is necessary,” he said.
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He also urged educational institutes to bring in change in the syllabus,as ‘state government was unable to make it’.
School owned by Education Minister’s kin hikes fee: BVS
Bharatiya Vidyarthi Sena (BVS) has alleged that Vikhe- Patil High School,the school of state school Education Minister Radhakrishna Vikhe- Patil’s kin,has increased the fees by Rs 3,000. “When the minister is talking of setting up a regulatory committee to keep check on hike in school fees,it is ridiculous to see that the school owned by education minister’s relative increases the fees,” says a press note issued by the organisation.
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