Schools might be required to disclose all the heads under which they collect student fees such as tuition, computer classes, transport, and medical on their website.
Moreover, they will also have to make parents part of the management committee so that they remain aware of any proposed fee hike.
These are part of revised affiliation bylaws that have been drafted by the Central Board of Central Education (CBSE), which runs more than 18,000 schools across the country, a source said.
The schools will have to give complete information about their infrastructure on their website. Those failing to adhere to any of the bylaws could face a penalty of up to Rs 1 lakh.
Sources said residential schools affiliated to the CBSE will not be able to collect hostel fee in advance, which in many cases go up to several lakhs of rupees.
- The CBSE will give affiliation to schools for five years. To ensure schools abide by the bylaws, the institutes will sign a legal agreement with the CBSE.
- The new bylaws will also bar schools from assigning non-academic work to teachers.
- Vacancies will have to be notified on the Internet, and faculty salary must be paid through online bank transfer.
- Those failing to adhere to any of the bylaws could face a penalty of up to Rs1 lakh.
The CBSE had set up a committee to review its affiliation bylaws to enable it to combat rampant commercialisation of school education. “We can’t regulate how much fee they can charge, but they will have to clearly specify the heads under which the fee is being charged. They will have to follow the same heads that are defined by the states so that there is uniformity. The fee will have to match facilities provided by the schools,” said a senior government official.
The Union human resource development ministry has asked the CBSE to consult all stakeholders — including parents and schools — in drafting the bylaws, a source informed.
“The proposed bylaws will be made public and parents will get an opportunity to give their views. A meet for parents will be organised too. We will incorporate their suggestions as well as that of the schools.”
The board will give affiliation to schools for five years. To ensure schools abide by the bylaws, sources said the institutes will sign a legal agreement with the CBSE.
Parents have welcomed the move to make it mandatory for schools to show the fee break-up.
“It is a good step as schools charge a lot of money as fee but seldom displace the heads. We don’t even know what facilities they are providing. Also, if parents are made part of the management committee they would know when exactly is the fee being hiked and the reasons for it,” said Chanda Sarma, a resident of Rohini.
The new bylaws will also bar schools from assigning non-academic work to teachers.
Vacancies will have to be notified on the Internet, and faculty salary must be paid through online bank transfer.