Private schools allowed additional fees, 6 percent hike every year

Private schools allowed additional fees, 6 percent hike every year
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Srinagar: Ahead of the upcoming academic session, the J&K government’s Fee Fixation Committee (FFC) on Monday allowed private schools to charge fees under at least 4 additional heads apart from tuition fee, and to hike fees by up to 6 percent annually.
The nod, the FFC said, was given after “consolidating all earlier orders as well as incorporating concerns and suggestions of various parent bodies and school associations for fixation and regulating of fee in private schools.”
An order issued by the FFC on Monday allowed private schools a hike of up to 6 percent on the fee structure of August last year. It may be recalled that only last year, the FFC had allowed the private schools a hike of up to 8 percent in the tuition fee, which existed in the institutions in August 2014.
“The private school that intends to revise fee structure more than the prescribed ceiling of 6% shall apply to the Fee Fixation Committee,” added the order.
The order, however, said that the fee hike “should not be exorbitant and abrupt but reasonable and gradual commensurate with the expenditure and the school does not indulge in profiteering.”
The FFC has allowed private schools to charge fees from students under the heads of Tuition Fee, Annual Fee, Transport Fee, Voluntary Special Purpose Fee for picnics, tours, etc, and “any other fee as may be approved by the committee.”
The committee has asked private schools to publish their current fee structure and the one that existed on August 1, 2014.
Besides asking the schools to put their fee structure in public domain, the FFC has asked them to mail it to the concerned CEOs and Director of School Education in the province concerned.
Coordinator of Parents Association of the Privately Administered Schools (PAPAS), Mohsin Ghoni, refuted FFC’s claims that the parents’ body had been taken on board.
“This is only what the school association wanted. Nobody has consulted us on this,” he said.