The Billabong School at Juhu and Garodia International School at Ghatkopar have hiked their annual fees by almost 40 per cent for the coming academic year, claimed parents.
Citing the government resolution on March 4, parents are claiming that the schools cannot increase their fees above that charged in 2008-09.
Billabong School has increased its annual fees from Rs 53,250 in 2008-09 to Rs 74,000 for 2010-11, said parents. The management, however, insisted that the hike was not more than 15 per cent.
Similarly, parents of students of Garodia International School said fees had been hiked by 40 per cent for the new academic session.
“We asked the school how they could increase the fees despite the latest resolution and pointed out that there is no parent teacher association (PTA) in the school,” said a parent of a Billabong student.
The Billabong principal, June Dias, has written a letter to the parents stating, “The final resolution of the government is going to be sent in April 2010… (We) will surely abide by that.”
The latest resolution, dated March 4, stated that schools will have to consult the PTA and approach the deputy director of education before introducing a hike. But some schools don’t even have a PTA in place.
“We have a different system of class representatives which functions like the PTA. The PTA is not mandatory for international schools,” said Sandeep Goenka, trustee, Billabong School.
Parents said that they have not been consulted on the hikes and are being threatened by the schools into paying excess amounts.
“School authorities told us our children would be expelled if we didn’t pay the new fees,” said a parent, whose child studies at Garodia International. “They also claim that since they are an IGCSE school it is not mandatory for them to have a PTA.”