As schools arbitrarily demand full payment of tuition fee from parents, the state is speculating to come up with a helpline number. The education department’s mandate for charging only the tuition fee comes as no relief at all since schools have merged other fees under the label tuition fees, according to parents. The rising financial burden without any substantial reduction in expenses has worried many.
“While the government has asked schools to not force parents to pay full fees, many private schools in the state are not paying heed and are pressurising parents to pay the full amount. In the current situation, such parents cannot go anywhere to complain and thus there should be helplines where they can just make a call and record their grievances,” commented Sainath Durge, member of Yuva Sena.
Parents complain that the annual charges have been divided and merged with the tuition fee payable quarterly. Many students have taken to Twitter addressing schools’ unwillingness to offer them any concession. Allegedly, a school in Goregaon has asked for full payment to avoid loss of admission. The emerging row over paying tuition fees has also tossed into uncertainty payment of teachers’ salaries. The pre-existing notions of banning fee hike has also proved to be inefficient.
“We have got several complaints about schools hiking fees and also levying charges like transport fee, which is not even being utilised during the lockdown. No private school will be allowed to hike fees without seeking permission from the government. Schools also cannot charge beyond the tuition fee,” Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manoj Sisodia said at a press conference.
The emerging row over paying tuition fees has also tossed into uncertainty payment of teachers’ salaries. The pre-existing bans fee hike have also proved to be inefficient.