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With panel report in, private schools eye Class XII fee pie

The delay in the submission of the SL Bansal Committee report on raising tuition fee in schools has thrown up a problem claim private schools in Delhi.

delhi Updated: Jan 15, 2009 00:02 IST
HT Correspondent

The delay in the submission of the SL Bansal Committee report on raising tuition fee in schools has thrown up a problem claim private schools in Delhi.

With the Class XII batch set to appear for the Board exams in March, heads of several institutions are worried that they may not be able to enforce the new fee structure for this batch unless the government takes a quick call on the issue.

Constituted in October last year, the panel appointed under the chairmanship of SL Bansal, a retired IAS officer, was suppose to look into the proposal for higher tuition fee made by several private schools and submit its report on November 17. The recommendations came on Tuesday evening, almost two months late. The committee has recommended a fee hike of up to Rs 500 for unaided private schools.

"The onus is now on the government to ensure that there is no further delay. The education minister should expedite the deliberation process and announce a final decision soon as time is running out. Our Class XII students will no longer be on our rolls once they've taken the Board exams. If the decision comes in late, then we may not be able to recover the fee arrears from them," said Ameeta Wattal, Principal, Springdales School, Pusa Road.

"It's already too late. According to the recommendations, the fee will be increased with effect from September 2008. So the arrears have already piled up and this will cause a lot of inconvenience to parents. If not the schools, then the government should at least keep the parents' benefit in mind and make sure there is a decision soon," said S.L. Jain, chairman, National Progressive Schools' Conference, a body representing about 100 private schools in Delhi.

The nursery admission time is drawing closer and this is another reason why principals are anxious to know if they will be allowed a hike in the fee.