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Your kid’s school fee is set for a steep rise

A group of 300 private schools announce that they might soon increase their fees by up to 30 per cent, reports Swaha Sahoo.
Hindustan Times | By Swaha Sahoo, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 05, 2008 03:28 AM IST

You are already paying more for your vegetables and grocery, now get ready to pay more for your children’s school fees.

A group of 300 private schools, most of them in east Delhi, on Friday announced that they might soon increase their fees by up to 30 per cent. The announcement of the Federation of Schools could trigger similar fee hikes across the city.

The federation said the new fee structure would come into force once the Sixth Pay Commission recommendations are implemented.

Private schools in Delhi pay their teachers the same scale as the government teachers. If the pay scale of government teachers rises after implementation of the pay panel’s recommendations, private schools will also have to raise fees. “There will be 20 to 30 per cent increase in fees as it is our only source of income,” RP Mallick, chairman of the federation, said.

SL Jain, chairman of the National Progressive Schools’ Conference, another association of various prominent schools, said the fee hike might become necessary. “But the hike will depend on various factors such as the present fee structure of a school, the budget and other individual specifications,” Jain said.

Most principals felt a fee hike was inevitable although Ameeta Wattal of Springdales School, Pusa Road, said it was too early to comment.

Usha Ram, principal of Laxman Public School, said: “The percentage of hike may depend upon what the government decides. But in order to retain good teachers we need to pay well.”

Gawri Eeswaran, principal, Sanskriti School agreed. “Nobody knows yet what percentage of raise the Pay Commission has recommended. Depending on that a pay hike for teachers would definitely lead to a fee hike for students,” Eeswaran said.

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