MUMBAI: Parents of students studying in a Dahisar-based international school have alleged the school’s management is charging Rs10,000 as exam fees for each subject in Classes 9 and 10. In their complaint to the education department, they have alleged that Rustomjee Cambridge International School has hike fees by 40% from academic year 2016-17, without forming a parents’ teachers association (PTA).
The parents have said the school does not have a PTA in place, but this has not stopped it from hiking fees every year.
“Till date, the school has not formed a PTA executive committee and all the major decisions are taken by the school without the approval of the PTA. PTA is the legal right of parents…,” read the complaint submitted to the department.
The school has allegedly hiked its annual tuition fees for academic year 2016-17 to Rs63,880 (Rs15,970 quarterly) from Rs61,600 (Rs15,400 quarterly) in 2015-16.
The school is also charging Rs10,648 as term fees, Rs85,176 as lab and activity charges and Rs10,000 as exam fees from students in higher grades, said the parents in their complaint.
Tanya Valecha, the school’s principal, told Hindustan Times, in an email: “We have followed the high court order which has allowed schools to hike fees by 15%. Our primary section fees, from Grade 1 to Grade 5 have been hiked by only 10%. Similarly, our secondary section fees, from Grade 6 to Grade 10 have been hiked by 10% only.”
The parents have also said that they were being forced to purchase school uniforms and books from a select vendor, even though he sells it for a price that is higher than the market rate.
The school denied the claims. “An MRP is printed on the textbooks. Books/uniforms are not a compulsion, but a facilitation and the parent body has welcomed this convenience,” said Valecha.
Education activists plan to move court over schools not having a PTA. “We are planning to file a PIL against schools charging unjustified fees from parents and not forming a PTA,” said Jayant Jain, president, Forum For Fairness in Education, an NGO.