About 163 schools in Bengaluru have been slapped with showcause notice by the education department for increasing fees despite government ruling against the same. In a circular released on 28 April, 2020, in Karnataka government had prohibited against fee hike keeping in consideration the plight of COVID-19 and ongoing lockdown.
Parents whose wards belong to these schools issued complaints against arbitrary fee hikes. Surge in grievances instigated the education department to pay heed. The helpline dedicated to receive complaints has recorded 829 complaints against 163 schools so far in the past ten days.
“All schools have been issued showcause notice. In cases that have been resolved, institutions have withdrawn the hike and informed parents through email or text about their decision,” commented an official from the education department.
When enquired about the hikes, a school in Bengaluru responded: “To maintain continuity in education, our schools have heavily invested in digital assets, which we wish to continue through blended learning. This, in turn, would go a long way in amalgamating different modern methods of learning and benefit children as effects of the pandemic will lead to immense changes in the dispensation of education.”