In spite of the order issued by the Supreme Court to prevent commercialization of education, the high fees charged by the CBSE affiliated private schools is making really tough for the middle class families to provide quality education to their children. This has been a cause for concern for many a parents and have asked time and again for some intervention. The lack of a fixed fee structure in CBSE self financed or private partnered affiliated schools has been confirmed by a CBSE answer to a city based RTI activist, Raj Kumar. He also guaranteed that some private schools working in partnership with the CBSE do not follow the SC norms.
The CBSE, in a reply sought under the RTI act, cited a clause from the bylaws which stated that the fee structure should be in comparison to the facilities being provided by the educational organization. According to the clause “Fees should be normally charged under the heads prescribed by the department of education of the state for schools of different categories”.
The RTI activist also said that the state government does not adhere to any educational act and this was confirmed in a judgment by the High Court taken after a civil writ court petition. In the area, approximately 86 schools following CBSE norms are charging exorbitant admission fees ranging from 5, 0000 rupees to 20,000 rupees. Moreover, additional security deposit from 1,500 rupees to 8,000 rupees is being charged by them.
Despite the guidelines that were issued by the CBSE, it has been noticed that the websites f nearly 50 percent schools are yet to be updated with the new fee structure. Kumar also stated the need of a regulatory system to check the charges for the purpose of transportation by the schools. Anil Kumar, a parent of a six year old said that the lack of a fixed transportation fees structure by the state government or district transport office makes the school charge unnecessarily for transportation.
The RJ Khanderao, Regional Officer, CBSE, said that in accordance with the bylaws affiliated by the CBSE, the admission fees charged by the schools must be as per the facilities and the infrastructure standard provided by them. Advisory groups are being selected by the Punjab and Haryana High Court to conduct a probe into the records of the schools and discover the reasons and sensibility of increasing expenses by the educational organizations.