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Noida schools mulling another fee hike

Parents may have to bear the brunt of a fee hike in the middle of the academic session. Clueless about the implementation of Right to Education (RTE) Act, many Noida schools have already decided on the fee structure, excluding that of 25 per cent students belonging to economically weaker sec-tions (EWS).

india Updated: Sep 02, 2012 23:14 IST
Astha Saxena

Parents may have to bear the brunt of a fee hike in the middle of the academic session. Clueless about the implementation of Right to Education (RTE) Act, many Noida schools have already decided on the fee structure, excluding that of 25 per cent students belonging to economically weaker sec-tions (EWS).

And since the admission season is on, the number of EWS students is expected to rise, which will add to schools’ financial burden further.

“We have already received 1,700 forms and more are expected. A fee hike is inevitable. We have kept it around 10-12 per cent as of now. If the RTE guidelines come late, parents should be ready to bear the additional burden,” said NN Nayyar, principal, Apeejay School, Sector 16A.

As per the RTE Act, all schools, except unaided minority institutions, have to reserve 25 per cent seats for EWS students. But most schools are worried whether the government will reimburse them the entire amount spent on these students.

“We are giving fee hike a thought. If by October, when the admission season ends, there is no clear view about RTE law implementation, unfortunately, the fees will be hiked again,” said Sunit Tandon, director, Rockwood School, sector 33, Noida.

But there are a few schools who have decided not to hike the fees. “We don’t want to put more burden on the parents,” said Pramod Sharma, principal, Genesis Global School, Sector 132, Expressway, Noida.

Unlike schools in Delhi, there are no admission guidelines for private schools in Noida.

“Instead of charging more fees from the students in the name of RTE Act, the schools should include it in the nominal hike. We will definitely oppose it,” said Anoop Khanna, secretary, District Student Guardians’ Association.