No annual charges for 20 days, Ghaziabad admin tells ‘erring’ schools
The parents’ associations had also complained that the schools in question were providing books from private publishers and not following the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) guidelines prescribing the use of National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) books, which are less expensive.noida Updated: May 04, 2017 12:57 IST
Officials of the Ghaziabad district administration have told 15 schools to abstain from charging the ‘annual charges’ component of school fee for 20 days till the district committee examines their documents and regulations and submits its report. These schools have also been directed to follow the previous academic year’s fee structure till the inquiry committee formed by the district magistrate submits its report.
The officials held a meeting scheduled at the district headquarters for Tuesday with representatives of various parents’ associations and of 15 schools against whom the parents had complained regarding fee hike.
“These schools from where parents had forwarded complaints will not charge the annual charges component of fee for 20 days till the district committee comes out with its findings. The concept of annual charges is not mentioned anywhere in the conditions of the no-objection certificate (NOC) provided to schools by the state government. On the issue of fee hike, we will check the basis and quantum of the increase in fee by schools,” said Rajesh Yadav, additional district magistrate (finance), Ghaziabad.
The parents’ associations had also complained that the schools in question were providing books from private publishers and not following the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) guidelines prescribing the use of National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) books, which are less expensive.
“The schools whose representatives came for the meeting admitted that they recommended books from other publishers for ‘reference’. We have directed that the schools provide the NCERT books to students and adhere to CBSE guidelines and the conditions of NOC given by the Uttar Pradesh government,” Yadav said.
In the meeting, the parents again raised the issue of fee hike that they alleged was arbitrary and not as per norms. Over the past month, various parents’ associations have protested outside Ghaziabad schools and also lodged complaints with the district administration.
Last week, Ghaziabad district magistrate (DM) Nidhi Kesarwani had formed a committee of officials to look into fee hike by some private schools in the city. The committee comprises the additional district magistrate (finance), district inspector of schools and the basic education officer.
Apart from this, she also wrote to the chairman of the CBSE to form a high-level committee to inquire into the allegations of exorbitant fee hike.