Schools in the Capital will no longer be able to increase tuition fee without taking parents into confidence.
Recognising parents as “major stakeholders”, the education department of the Delhi government has asked unaided (read private) schools to first present their fee hike proposal to the Parent Teacher Association and get their consent before the hike is approved by the school managing committee.
This guideline, which schools have to compulsorily follow from the new academic session, is mentioned in a new circular uploaded on the department’s official website on Friday.
“Schools are expected to seeks the approval of the PTA irrespective of whether it’s a 10 per cent hike or more,” said a government officer on condition of anonymity.
The idea of seeking parents’ approval will not be well received by schools. “How can parents have a say in deciding the tuition fee when they are not responsible for incurring the actual expenditure of providing the service?” asked S.L. Jain, principal of Mahavir Sr Model School in North Delhi.