A Kalyan school issued two different circulars to parents of its junior KG students, asking for two different fee amounts for the upcoming academic year. The Little Aryans Pre-School at Kalyan issued one circular to a few parents in January asking them to pay an annual fee of Rs 15,400 (in four installments). It also issued another circular, asking some other parents to pay an annual fee of Rs 34,300 (also in four installments). Parents alleged that those who received the second circular were those who had not been asked to pay “donations” to the school earlier.
“Why are students of the same class being asked to pay two different amounts as fees?” asked Kiran Chavan, parent of a junior KG student who has been asked to pay a fee of Rs 34,300. “When we asked school officials, they told us we haven’t paid the donation that other parents paid when their children joined earlier in the nursery section.”
Parents are planning to meet on Sunday to discuss the issue and decide on the course of action. School officials denied there was an issue and said parents had paid up the fees. “This year we added new facilities, upgraded our infrastructure and curriculum, so we have to charge a new price, and parents have not objected,” said Bharat Malik, the school’s trustee. “We could not ask those who had joined the school earlier to pay a higher amount.”
He denied the allegations that school officials were accounting for this as capitation fees. “We have not taken any donations at all, that is absolutely untrue,” said Malik. The last date for payment of fee was February 19.
“Parents have paid for the first term because they are scared their child’s admission into the next class will not be secured otherwise,” said Arbind Prasad, secretary of the Parents Welfare Association. “But we hope to sort the issue with the management so they make the fees the same for all parents for the other three terms.”