Sudden fee hike in Andheri school upsets parents
Parents of an Andheri school are up in arms over the management's decision to hike the school's monthly fees by Rs 200.mumbai Updated: May 20, 2011 00:32 IST
Parents of an Andheri school are up in arms over the management's decision to hike the school's monthly fees by Rs 200.
Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Vidyalaya in Andheri issued a circular on April 29 informing its students' parents to pay Rs 1,450 every month for the new academic year instead of Rs 1,250.
The parents have written to the school twice asking for the hike to be revoked and are planning to meet with the non-profit group Forum for Fairness in Education for guidance on the matter.
"The school raised the fee claiming it was becoming an ICSE school. But when it did not get the affiliation, why does it want to charge a hiked fee?" said Namitabh Kothari, a parent of a student in Class 6.
"No reason was given for the hike. We refuse to accept it," added Kothari.
The parents have also written to the education department.
"There was no PTA meeting and we found out about the hike when we saw the notice on the board," said another parent of a student at the school.
"The trustees and school authorities are refusing to meet us."
The school management said they had to hike their fees given the new pay scales for teachers, and that the hike was not connected in any way to the school's application for ICSE affiliation.
"All our staff has to be paid properly. We do not hike our fees unless it is absolutely necessary," said Achama Mathew, chief executive officer, Bombay Cambridge Gurukul, that administers the school.
"We have not done anything without the PTA approval. It is just a few parents who are making an issue out of it," added Mathew.