SFFC issues notice to private school for ‘arbitrary’ fee hike

The SFFC had received complaints from the parents alleging that the school had hiked tuition fee by 100 percent and bus fair by 40 percent from November 2015.

Syed Rizwan Geelani
Srinagar, Publish Date: Oct 21 2017 12:13AM | Updated Date: Oct 21 2017 12:13AM
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Acting on complaints by parents, the School Fee Fixation Committee (SFFC) has issued a show-cause notice to Hattrick Public School (HTPS) Zakura, here for “arbitrary” fee hike fee in the current academic session.

The SFFC had received complaints from the parents alleging that the school had hiked tuition fee by 100 percent and bus fair by 40 percent from November 2015.

The notice has been served on the school for violating standing High Court orders wherein the private schools have been directed to collect fee from the students at the rate which was prevalent in August 2014.

Following the complaints, the school management was asked to explain its position. “No response has been filed by the school till date. The matter was adjourned from time to time in order to provide the school with sufficient opportunity to appear before this committee and file its response . . . but the principal or his representative did not appear . . . nor any response was filed,” reads the notice.

The SFFC has recorded that the “information provided by the school to the complainants has revealed that the tuition fee which was Rs 2300 per student in 2014 has been increased up to Rs 2900.”

The notice states that it has been found that this committee has not so far permitted the school to make any enhancement in the fee structure but the school has increased the fee in violation of High Court orders.

It may be recalled that all the private educational institutions have been asked to maintain August 2014 fee structure and not to give any hike in annual fee without permission of the SFFC.

The notice reads that the enhancement in fee structure without the permission of this committee violates the directions of the High Court. It further reads that it is also in contravention to the orders of the government as well as the orders issued by this committee from time to time.

The committee has recorded that the school principal was informed vide notice number FFC/comp/ dated 11 October to file his response.

“Absence of the principal and non-filing of the response prima-facie establishes that the school has enhanced its fee structure in violation of the High Court order and the orders of the government and the committee as well,” reads the notice.

The committee chairman has served a show-cause to the school principal and has directed him to appear before the committee and submit his response within four days of the publication of this notice.

“In case the school fails to respond to this show cause notice, proper proceedings as per law will be initiated against the school,” the notice reads.