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Fee hike: Edu department starts serving notice on private schools

A private school in Civil Lines has been asked to explain fee hike.

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April 18, 2017, 9:16 am


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Jaipur: As parents are approaching the authorities against arbitrary increase in fee by private schools in Jaipur, the education department has started taking action in the matter. Officials are service notices to private schools after receiving complaints of excessive fee hike against them.

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In one such instance, the education department issued a notice to Children Garden Play School situated in Jaipur Civil Lines area seeking explanation as to why fee was increased.

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“The notice was issued when the parents of a child studying in this school filed a written complaint against fee increase,” said an education department officer.

Many schools have increased fee up to 30% for the 2017-18 academic year.

State education minister Vasudev Devnani recently promised that the government would take action in cases of arbitrary school fee hikes. He asked the parents to come forward and register complaints.

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The government introduced the Rajasthan Schools (Regulation of Fee) Act, 2016, but the delay in its implementation has rendered it ineffective for this academic year.

Nearly 31,000 private schools have come under its umbrella. The law makes it mandatory for schools to form a committee consisting of parents. The committee will determine the fee.

A committee will consist of at least 10 members. When the committee of a school holds a meeting to determine fee, the presence of at least 4 of its members will be mandatory. Two of these members have to be parents.

First published: April 12, 2017