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Parents jittery as private school fees soar in Chandigarh

The new academic session is going to begin from April 1 onwards, but yet again, almost doubled fee of UT private schools is giving the parents jitters.

punjab Updated: Mar 30, 2017 13:44 IST
Ifrah Mufti
Ifrah Mufti
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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The new academic session is going to begin from April 1 onwards, but yet again, almost doubled fee of UT private schools is giving the parents jitters.

In all the most sought-after schools including Vivek High School, Delhi Public School, Gurukul Global, Bhavan Vidyalaya and Chitkara International school, the annual fee is more than Rs 60,000 per annum.

Meanwhile, there is no common or standard fee hike as one school has raised its fee by approximately 45%, while another school has hiked its annual fee by 67%.

In a school wherein parents were paying only Rs 2,550 per month earlier, they will now be paying Rs 5,000 per month.

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Meanwhile in another school, wherein parents were paying Rs 3,000 per month, they will now be charged Rs 6,000 per month.

Charging Rs 1.15 lakh as the annual fee, Strawberry Fields World School, Sector 26 is the most expensive among the city’s 82 private unaided schools, followed by Gurukul Global School, Manimajra, which has fixed its annual school fee at Rs 74,250 along with a one-time admission fee of Rs 60,000 for fresh admissions.

In addition, fee is charged under various heads like transport fees, books, school uniform and charges for extra-curricular activities which continue throughout the year.

In Chitkara International School, Sector 25, the tuition fee has been raised from Rs 9,750 to Rs 16,290, while at St Kabir School, Sector 26, the tuition fee has been increased from Rs 16,965 to Rs 22,725. Similarly, Delhi Public School, Sector 44 has increased its tuition fee from Rs 3,000 to Rs 6,000.

FIGURES SPEAK
  • Mount Carmel School, Sector 47: Rs 60,000 ( 96.1% increase)
  • Chitkara International School, Sector 25: Rs 65,160 ( 67% increase)
  • Bhavan Vidyalaya School, Sector 27: Rs 49,000 (65% increase)
  • Delhi Public School, Sector 40: Rs 54,000 (50% increase)
  • St Kabir Public School, Sector 26: Rs 90,556 (14% increase)

WHAT PARENTS, SCHOOL HEADS SAY ABOUT FEE HIKE

Nitin Goyal, president of the parents’ association said, “The schools have conveniently merged many subheads and their charges in the tuition fee only to show lesser hike in the fee in total, but this is not the case. The way Chitkara International School has presented its fee structure, the total fee hike is about 67%.”

Meanwhile, the school heads believe that their fee hike depends on the quality of facilities in the school premises including infrastructure, quality of teachers, smart classrooms.

HS Mamik, president of Independent Schools Association (ISA) said, “Every parent has an option of choosing a school. If they feel the school is not affordable, then they should better go to an affordable one. If the schools have increased their fees, it has been done consciously. The schools want to deliver to the child.”

145 PARENTS TO MOVE COURT AGAINST DPS

Varsha Mahajan, one of the parents whose two kids are studying in Delhi Public School (DPS), Sector 44, said, “The fee booklet given to us suggests that there is 50% hike. The school has made a joke of hiking the fee by 10%. Earlier we were paying Rs 12,000 as the quarterly fee and now the quarterly fee has been increased to Rs 18,000. Secondly, I have two sons studying in the school and I have been asked to pay a total of Rs 37,000 for three months. What kind of calculations are these? The school has no activity at all but they charge so much for no rhyme or reason.”

She added, “We are a group of 165 parents whose kids are studying in DPS. We have planned to file a court case against the school next week because the education department fails to provide any support in such issues.”

First Published: Mar 30, 2017 13:34 IST