CBSE wants data on Fee structure from Private Schools

By: Admin 03 June, 2017

In a bid to tighten the noose on schools charging "unreasonable" fees and levying "hidden" charges, the CBSE has sought data from private schools about their fee structure and increase in fees in recent years. The move comes weeks after the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) had warned private schools against turning into "shops" by selling uniform and books in their premises.

 

Highlights
  • The CBSE has asked private schools for data about their fee structure and increase in fees in recent years.
  • CBSE had repeatedly warned private schools against turning into "shops" by selling uniform and books.
  • We have told schools that they should not charge unreasonable fees. And there should be no hidden costs, says Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar.
  • Data on fees from schools is being analysed, schools which haven’t sent their data have been sent reminders and penalised.
  • Gujarat government had introduced a bill last month for fees regulation which had caught interest of other states and the Centre too.
  • "We value private investment as it contributes to the GDP but schools should not be overcharging," Javadekar said.

"We have told schools that they should not charge unreasonable fees. The charges should be reasonable and there should be no hidden costs as that is the more irritating part for parents," Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar told PTI in an interview.

 

"We have sought data from schools about their fee structure and increase in fees. Many schools have sent it and the data is being analysed. Schools which haven't sent it have been sent reminders and penalised," he added.

 

The minister, however, did not clarify about the penalty measures for schools found guilty of overcharging and with hidden costs in their fees structure.

 

Gujarat had last month introduced "Gujarat Self-Financed Schools (Regulation of Fees) Bill, 2017" to regulate the exorbitant fees charged by schools. The bill empowers the Gujarat government to constitute four 'fee regulatory committees', one each for the state's four zones, to determine "fees for admission to any standard or course of study in self-financed schools".

 

The bill had also caught interest of several states and also the Centre with education ministers from Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra and Javadekar asking for copies of the bill from Gujarat Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama. "We value private investment as it contributes to the GDP but schools should not be overcharging," Javadekar said.

 

 

This news has been taken from Times of India website. Read the original here.