NEW DELHI: To curb charging of “unreasonable” fees and levying of “hidden” costs, the CBSE has sought data from private schools about their fee structure and increase carried out in recent years.
The move comes weeks after the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) warned private schools against turning into “shops” by selling uniform and books in their premises.
“We have told the 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 the parents,” HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar told PTI in an interview. He said the CBSE has 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 said. The minister, however, did not thrown light on the penalty measures for schools found guilty of overcharging and having hidden costs in their fees structure. Overcharging by schools and increase in fees every year have been a subject of concern, often raised by the parents.
“There are private schools which are charging Rs 250, Rs 2,500, Rs 25,000 and Rs 2.5 lakh also. That is a choice which has to be made by the parents. We value private investment as it contributes to the GDP, but schools should not be overcharging,” Javadekar said.