In a bid to ensure transparency, private unaided schools will have to show details of accounts, fee structure, fee heads and their admissions procedure, among other things, on their websites, said a new government resolution (GR) issued on Thursday.
The notification outlines the government’s fee policy for private schools after taking into account suggestions from parents and school managements on a previous one. The Bombay High Court had fixed July 15 as the deadline for the government to decide on its fee policy.
The resolution says schools will not be able to hike their fees without consulting their respective Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) and the deputy director of the education department. The order does not mention any cap on the “reasonable surplus” that schools can earn on their expenses, an ambiguity that parents fear school managements will use in their favour.
“The previous GR had mentioned that schools would not be able to hike their fees to earn more than a reasonable surplus of six per cent on their expenses,” said Jayant Jain, president of the Forum for Fairness in Education. “By not mentioning any amount, schools will be able to interpret the reasonable surplus as they please even though they have to tell the PTA about any hike.”
Schools will be able to increase their fees only every three years, with the 2009-2010 fee amount as the current baseline on which further hikes will have to be calculated. The notification lists a series of heads under which schools can charge expenses, including exam fee, gymkhana fee, library fee, among others.