Following complaints from parents regarding arbitrary fee hikes in schools, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has issued an advisory to its affiliated schools not to hike fees under various heads.
It has also asked the schools to send their annual account statements to it.
The advisory stated that fees should be charged under the heads prescribed by the department of education of the state.
According to the advisory, a large number of CBSE schools are not adhering to the mandatory tuition fees provisions laid down in the affiliation by-laws of the board.
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“No capitation fee or voluntary donations for gaining admission in the school or for any other purpose should be charged/collected in the name of the school,” stated the advisory.
Any school indulging in such activity stands the risk of disaffiliation, said the board.
“If a child is subjected to screening procedure, the school shall be punishable with fine which may extend to twenty-five thousand rupees for the first contravention and fifty thousand rupees for each subsequent contravention,” read the advisory.
The board said if it receives complaints or reports of any violation of rules, an audit will be conducted and the school could be disaffiliated thereafter.
It instructed the schools to consult parents before discussing fee revision in the management committee and not to increase the fee mid-session.
The board took a strong stand on utilisation of funds by the school management.
“The savings, if any, after meeting the recurring and non-recurring expenditure. may be further utilised for promoting the same institution,” read the advisory.