Admissions in most private schools are nearing completion, but many managements are yet to display the fee structure on their notice board or on the website.
This has angered several parent groups who are planning to approach the Department of Public Instruction to urge them to take suo motu action against schools that are violating the rule to display the fees.
The move was initiated by the department to promote transparency between the parents as well as school managements.
A parent, who is part of a parent teacher association of a school affiliated to Central Board of Secondary Education, said, “We complained to the school management and urged them to display the fee structure. They are refusing to do so, and are stating that the State government has no control over them.”
Mullahalli Suri, president of Parents’ Association, said that displaying the fees would help parents as they would admit students in schools where they can afford the fees. “It also helps parents as once the fees is fixed, they will not be asked for money under different sub-heads in the middle of the academic year,” he said.
Senior officials in the Department of Public Instruction pointed out that the Karnataka Education Act 1983 was amended to bring CBSE and ICSE schools under the ambit of the State government in matters pertaining to fee structure, and aspects pertaining to safety and security of children.
However, the Department of Public Instruction’s initiative to get schools to upload the fee structure in the department’s portal is yet to materialise.
- Shashi Kumar, general secretary, Associated Managements of Primary and Secondary Schools in Karnataka, claimed that a majority of the “budget” schools had put up the fee structure on the website.
“Schools are having difficulty in calculating their per child expenditure because the State government has not reimbursed the tuition fee for students studying under the RTE quota. Knowing the reimbursement amount is essential to determine the fees of each child,” he said, adding that schools had calculated the fees using a rough estimate.
On many top schools in the city not even putting up the approximate fees for the 2019-2020 academic year. he said, “This is a failure of the government agencies. There is need for them to improve their monitoring mechanism.”