Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Parents hail CBSE move to seek fee data from schools

Times of India: Hyderabad: Tuesday, June 06, 2017.
The decision of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to seek data from private schools about their fee structure and hike in the recent years has been welcomed by city parents. They feel that this move will, to some extent, regularise the otherwise unmonitored fee hike imposed by schools.
They said that the regulation will have no impact unless implemented properly and the penalty , for schools found guilty of overcharging and levying hidden costs, is predetermined."When the ministry of human resource development asked the CBSE to collect fee and hike details from the school, we were very happy.
But, when we filed an RTI to know how many schools have submitted the data, we were told that CBSE does not maintain any such records," said Ashish Naredi, executive member of the Hyderabad School Parents' Association (HSPA) and added that there is no point in collecting data if CBSE is not going to take action. The government should bring out a GO that makes sure that not just CBSE, but all schools across boards adhere by a regularised fee structure.
If that is not there, in a few years time, not many parents will be able to afford quality education," said Satyanarayana V , whose son studies in the sixth standard.