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‘State’s pvt schools costliest’

Unaided private schools in Maharashtra charge higher fees than unaided schools offering the same facilities in five other states, a survey of unaided schools across six states has revealed.

mumbai Updated: Nov 28, 2010 01:12 IST
Bhavya Dore

Unaided private schools in Maharashtra charge higher fees than unaided schools offering the same facilities in five other states, a survey of unaided schools across six states has revealed.

The Parent-Teacher Association United Forum conducted the three-month survey of 30 unaided schools each in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Tamil Nadu to compare their fee regulation policies. The data was collected between August and October.

The survey bracketed unaided schools into three categories based on their fee structures and facilities offered. In Maharashtra, schools in all three categories charged a higher fee than their counterparts in other states.

“With the increase in the facilities that the school provides, the fees also increase. But in Maharashtra, the increase was far more than that in schools in other states with the same facilities,” said Arundhati Chavan, president of the Forum.

The survey looked at the fee structures of 30 schools in each state to come up with this classification. Using a questionnaire to interview 50 teachers, 50 parents and 30 principals in each of the states, it also sought to determine how active the Parent-Teacher Associations (PTAs) were in schools in different states.

The mid-range schools, the survey revealed, had the most active PTAs, across states. “Rich parents were happy to not be involved in the schools, while poor parents did not have the luxury of doing so,” said Chavan. “Middle-class parents were most concerned about the fees and wanted their expectations met by the school.”