After a series of talks with parents and school management, the Noida district administration has issued directions suggesting schools not charge fee arrears and hike the fee up to 25 per cent only.
The majority of schools have agreed to consider the administration directive. Parents associations were however divided over the issue. Some have expressed satisfaction while others were unhappy with the decision and threatened to move court.
Additional District Magistrate, O P Arya, said, “School managements had given the plea that due to the recommendations of the sixth pay commission, they were forced to hike the fee. They were asked to submit their accounts. Parents, on the other hand wanted complete waiver of hiked fee and arrears. After a series of discussions in the last fortnight and the scrutiny of school records, the district administration issued a directive for schools. The majority of schools have agreed to consider the administration directive and put it forward before their management boards.”
Gautam Buddha Nagar Students Guardian Association, general secretary, Anoop Khanna said, “It is a victory for parents as schools have agreed not to charge arrears. Regarding the fee hike, parents are ready to pay the justified rise.”
"The association has written to the Prime Minister, asking for formation of a regulatory committee to regulate schools. We have recommended district level committees headed by district magisterate."
However, a Noida parent body, led by A K Singh and a Greater Noida parent body led by Neeraj Sharma were not satisfied with administration directive. They feel schools could charge arrears in other forms, such as annual function and other event fees. They have decided to move court against the fee hike.
Moreover, they felt that the order on the basis of which schools have hiked the fee was applicable only for Delhi schools and not NCR. In response, school managements said even the district administration felt the need for the hike and has not objected that it does not apply to NCR.