‘Arbitrary’ fee hike by private schools,DC tells DEO to probe

Following a complaint filed by Panchkula Joint Welfare Association,citing “arbitrary” hike in private school fee in the district,Deputy Commissioner Ashima Brar has directed the District Education Officer to look into the matter and submit a report in a week.

Written by Express News Service | Panchkula | Published: May 8, 2012 3:58:07 am

Following a complaint filed by Panchkula Joint Welfare Association,citing “arbitrary” hike in private school fee in the district,Deputy Commissioner Ashima Brar has directed the District Education Officer (DEO) to look into the matter and submit a report in a week.

“Despite the orders passed by the division bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to seek prior approval of the boards to increase the fee,the private schools in the district had increased the fee,” reads the complaint submitted by Hemant Kinger,convenor,Joint Welfare Association,.

Citing examples in support of the complaint,Kinger has mentioned that the schools,on average,charge examination fee of Rs 1,300 per annum,monthly tuition fee of Rs 3,600 fee,computer fee of Rs 2,500 and Rs 1,000 as registration fee,admission fee of Rs 5,000 and practical fee of Rs 900.

The complaint also mentions that the average admission fee,being charged by most private schools,amounts to Rs 20,000. In addition,the students who have been already enrolled need to pay Rs 10,000 as the annual fee.

The High Court had last week ruled,“No fee and other charges shall be enhanced by any school situated within the territorial jurisdiction of this court and affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education,Punjab School Education Board and the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education,without prior approval of the respective board or council.”

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