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Rs 400 cap likely on fee hike

The state government-appointed sub-committee on tuition fee hike has specified the amount for the highest income slab in its report submitted, report Anuradha Mukherjee & Ritika Chopra.

delhi Updated: Jan 22, 2009 23:39 IST

Delhi’s private schools may not be allowed a fee hike of more than Rs 400.

The state government-appointed sub-committee on tuition fee hike has specified the amount for the highest income slab in its report submitted on Thursday.

The sub-committee has now been asked to look into the teacher-pupil ratio in these schools as well as to determine the real financial impact of the Sixth Pay Commission recommendations.

“There are schools that have a very good teacher-pupil ratio — one teacher per 20 students. But on an average a teacher handles a class of 60. Schools that employ more teachers may have a valid claim on a bigger fee hike,” said Delhi Education Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely.

Though unhappy with the Rs 400 cap, principals have welcomed the minister’s decision of scrutinising individual cases.

“As per our calculation we need a fee hike of more than Rs 400 to take care of the new salary structure. We will probably exercise the option of putting up our case in front of the director or the minister, as we are an old school and our requirements are different,” said Lata Vaidyanathan, Principal of Modern School, Barakhamba Road.

Lovely said it was important to look at schools on an individual basis since all of them had different financial status and constraints. “We are looking at different kinds of schools — the top rung schools that perhaps pay more than the recommended grade, schools that pay according to grade, then those who say they cannot afford to pay the grade.”

The committee is said to have scrutinised financial accounts of close to 2,000 private schools in the city. The Delhi cabinet will take final decision.

Department sources said that, after looking into the accounts, the committee felt that only about 200 schools needed to hike their fee by about Rs 400. “But no school really needs to go beyond it.”