Parents have claimed that schools are asking them to pay excess fees. A March 4 government resolution had stated that schools should charge the same fees that they did for the academic year 2008-09.
The state education department has warned at least one school, Kapol Vidyanidhi International School in Kandivli.
The department issued a circular on March 5, stating that it may withdraw the No Objection Certificate given to the school without notice.
Parents of students studying there have been asked to pay fees for 14 months instead of the usual 12. This year, the school’s academic year will begin from June instead of April. It has asked parents to pay the fees for the months of April and May, when the school will be shut.
“The school is authorised to take fees for 12 months, not 14. The school should have a parent teacher association (PTA) with whom fee hikes are discussed,” said K.R. Borse, west zone education inspector, who issued the circular.
“Irrespective of what the school is providing in terms of facilities they cannot charge us for the two extra months, that too against the two orders of the government,” said Nitesh Vasant, a parent. “This is a question of legality not facility.”
School authorities denied parents’ charges. “We have a PTA. We are not at fault in any way,” said Jiten Modi, school chairperson. “We have not increased our fees by much. The teachers have to be paid and we offer so many facilities to students.”