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48% parents in Maharashtra want school fee hikes to be linked to inflation: Survey

Parents of children studying in schools across Maharashtra protested against the ‘exorbitant’ fee hikes at Azad Maidan on Thursday

mumbai Updated: Apr 21, 2017 14:06 IST
Puja Pednekar
Puja Pednekar
Hindustan Times
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Parents and children protest against the exorbitant fee hike and collection of huge amount of un-approved and illegal fees by private schools at Azad maidan in Mumbai on Thursday.(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)

Around 48% parents of school children in Maharashtra, while 64% across the country feel that increase in school fees should be linked to inflation.Parents across India were surveyed about their views on schools arbitrarily hiking their fees.

While 44% parents from the state wanted a capping of the absolute school fee amount, only 36% parents nationally said the amount must be capped.

Parents of children studying in schools across the state came together at Azad Maidan on Thursday to protest against the ‘exorbitant’ fee hikes in the coming academic year.

The survey released by Local Circles, a citizens engagement platform, on Wednesday, recorded views of more than 9,200 parents from 200 districts across India through online questionnaires. This survey was conducted after the Gujarat government proposed a bill that suggests fee caps for primary, secondary, and higher secondary. Gujarat recently cleared a fee regulation bill that suggests a fee cap for primary, secondary and higher-secondary schools at Rs 15,000, Rs 25,000 and Rs 27,000 respectively every year. Schools that who want to increase their fees will have to go to the Fee Regulatory Committee with their request.

Only 8% parents from the state favoured limiting the annual fee increase percentage. Parents who are not in favour of putting a cap on absolute fee like in Gujarat feel that this will lead to closing down of good schools.

The survey says that parents want the government to limit fee hikes, and not regulate absolute fees. “Several states in the past have capped fees, but with disastrous impact. Tamil Nadu mandated a fees structure three years back as a result private schools closed down and new ones are not being established there. This is not the way to regulate school fees,” K Yatish Rajawat, CSO LocalCircles.

First Published: Apr 21, 2017 14:04 IST