The parents of CBSE students have a serious reason to be worried, and the reason is not board exams but increased fee. Most of the schools have approached to the fee determining committee to revise their fee structure.
Fee hike will be considered by the committee after scrutinising the overall expense incurred by the school, like facilities of smart classroom, air conditioning and salaries extended to the teachers. Last month, Supreme Court directed the members of Association of Management of Private Schools, CBSE in an interim order to make a presentation of all the expenses. Almost, 50 schools applied to the committee with the presentation following the order.
Several school principals said that the previous set fee did not include some of the necessary facilities. “Many schools were asked to increase their pupil-teacher ratio from 15:1 to 20:1 to suit the requirements of the committee,” one of the school principals said and added that expenses like air-conditioned classrooms were not considered.
Parents, on the other hand, are feeling that the revised fee structure will lessen the burden of added expenses. Many schools even charge an additional fee for sports and other co-curricular activities. The applications will be treated individually said an official from the education. “We may increase the fees of some schools, but the committee will first inspect the facilities and the cost incurred by each school,” he said.