With authorities sitting over regulatation of fee structure in educational institutions, many private schools in the summer capital have resorted to arbitrary hike in school fees—putting extra burden on parents.
Parents complained that several private schools have hiked school fees under different heads— printing charges, other fee and activity fee from current academic session without consulting them.
"These schools are minting money from us in the name of disseminating education. The management of these schools never seek suggestions from parents before hiking the fee," said a group of aggrieved parents said.
Post devastating floods last year, all the elite missionary schools in Srinagar gave a waiver to parents for September and October. The waiver was given on the direction of the High Court after parents had complained that private schools are charging fee for the months when the educational institutions remained closed.
"But now they are using different tactics to recover the fee which was waived off last year," the parents said.
"Delhi Public School at Athwajan has hiked the tuition fee by Rs 300 per month. Ironically, the school also hiked printing charges from Rs 1500 to Rs 4000," parents said.
When contacted Principal DPS, Kusum Wariku said, "we have explained to parents why we have hiked the fee. We don't want to give any further explanation in it," she said.
The parents also complained against Presentation Convent Higher Secondary School, Rajbagh "for resorting to arbitrary hike in school fee."
"The school authorities are charging Rs 1500 as Developmental Fund, Rs 600 as Computer Fee, Rs 800 as Library Fee. Besides it also charges Rs 750 for centrally heating system for three months which was damaged in floods last year," they said.
"If the parents have any issue, they can contact us in school," said a functionary of Presentation Convent.
However, the management of Tyndale Biscoe and Mallinson School ruled out any hike in fee for the current academic session. "Fee structure is separate for different classes. We have prompted students to next classes and the subsequent change in fee structure has confused some parents," said the school authorities
Parents also complained against other private schools in the city for arbitrary hike in school fee. "These schools are openly violating court orders and government rules. Ironically, authorities are sitting over the issue," they said.
Joint Director (Elementary Education) Suraya Akhtar said the private schools were allowed to hike fee for November last year only to facilitate increment of the school staff.
"But they cannot hike beyond 10 percent of the fee. Government has allowed the minimum hike so that they can give increments to the staff working in these institutions," she added.