The Indore Parents' Association (IPA) on Thursday demanded that the district administration set up a fees advisory committee and the government introduce a legislation to regulate the exorbitant fees charged by city schools.
The members of the association expressed their anguish over the recent hike in fees by schools across the city in a memorandum submitted to additional district magistrate (ADM) Sudhir Kochar.
The four-page memorandum lists 10 major issues that the association wants to bring to the notice of the district administration.
"We are of the view that the administration should come up with a committee and a legislation to regulate the fee hike. The committee should be completely run by the administration," said Anurodh Jain, coordinator of IPA.
Another member of IPA and a parent Jitendra Parwani said: "According to the norms of the Central Board of Secondary Education, a representative of the parents should be present when the schools discuss fee hikes.
"These representatives need to be elected and can be nodal officers as well. We want to know whether the representatives were present during the meeting at schools or not."
Members of the association also claimed that many schools had been asking parents to pay the fees to 'Realty Private Limited'.
"Some schools ask the parents to submit the fees in parts and under two different names. While some part of it has to be paid to the school, the rest is to be paid under the ‘Reality Private Limited' fund.
"We want the administration to look into this matter," said another member, on condition of anonymity.
The association wants the schools to charge fees on a monthly basis instead of quarterly or half-yearly bases.
"It would be more convenient for parents from the middle class if they can pay fees on a monthly basis. The facility has been made available to parents in Delhi by the high court there and we want the same," said Alok Agrawal, a member of the IPA.
Meanwhile, the Madhya Pradesh Rajiv Vikas Kendra performed a ritual at Regal Square on Thursday, praying for "wisdom to be showered upon the city schools" which had hiked their fees recently.