The fee committee, formed to evolve a formula to decide school fess, held a discussion on Wednesday. They are reportedly mulling over to develop a formula which gives scope to the schools to increase fees if they are providing better facilities vis-à-vis other schools like better technological infrastructure, regular revision of salaries of teaching and non- teaching staff.
“We discussed the formula for school fees. Our intention is to create a yardstick to maintain transparency in the fee being charged by schools. We will soon come out with the formula which will have a scale to determine fees for each schools,” justice (retired) Shiv Kumar Sharma said.
Meanwhile, the committee on Wednesday also decided to act tough against 167 schools across the state which has not filed reply to the show-cause notices issued to them earlier. Committee had issued notices to 237 schools that had increased their fees in this academic session without taking prior permission of the
The one member school fee regulatory committee was constituted as per Rajasthan School (Fee) Act 2013 passed by assembly for regulating fee structure of government, private and aided schools. Congress-led Gehlot government passed the law after huge uproar on exuberant fees charged by many schools in Jaipur.
The formula of the fee committee will not be based on Karnataka formula as there are reportedly practical problems to implement their ideas.
In Karnataka, the unaided schools fix tuition fees from Class 1 to 8 as in the following way. The total salary paid to teachers is added by the 30 per cent of the running cost of school and the result is divided by the number of students. Further, schools can charge only Rs600 as special development fees, Rs38 as non-tuition fee for classes 6-8 and Rs185 for classes 9-10.
Meanwhile, the committee is getting suggestions from people from various walks of life which include parents’ committee also. If the matter is still not settled, it would be referred to higher officials in education department.
“We are welcoming all the suggestions we are getting from various people and organisations. But ultimately committee has to weight all options and decide a logical formula which can give a transparent way to decide school fee,” justice Sharma said.