Parents still have a chance to voice their opinion on the issue of fee hikes in private schools. The state government on Friday put up on its website the report of a committee set up to recommend guidelines for fee hikes in unaided schools and has invited public opinion on suggestions and objections.
The committee has recommended that unaided schools be allowed to hike their fees to earn a “reasonable surplus” of 15 per cent over their total expenses (staff salaries, library resources, training workshops, etc). Pushing for transparency, the committee has recommended that school managements share their projected expenses with the parent-teacher associations (PTA). The PTA can approach the state statutory committee if they have a grievance.
People can log on to the state government website (www.maharashtra.gov.in/) and give their suggestions on the report till November 21. Based on these suggestions, the government will finalise the norms for regulating fee hikes in private schools.
The government will also set up a state statutory committee, to be headed by a retired high court judge, to address grievances regarding fee hikes in private schools.
Criticising the report, Jayant Jain, one of the parents on the committee, said, “The report does not include 90 per cent of our (parents’) suggestions.” The 21-member committee was set up in June.