To curb overcharging, CBSE seeks data from private schools on free structure

New Delhi: To curb charging of unreasonable fees and levying of hidden costs, the CBSE has sought data from private schools about their fee structure and increase carried out in recent years.

The move comes weeks after the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) warned private schools against turning into "shops" by selling uniform and books in their premises.

File image of Union Minister Prakash Javadekar. Reuters

File image of Union Minister Prakash Javadekar. Reuters

"We have told the schools that they should not charge unreasonable fees. The charges should be reasonable and there should be no hidden costs as that is the more irritating part for the parents," union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar told PTI in an interview.

He said the CBSE has sought data from schools about their fee structure and increase in fees.

"Many schools have sent it and the data is being analysed. Schools which haven't sent it, have been sent reminders and penalised," he said.

The minister, however, did not thrown light on the penalty measures for schools found guilty of overcharging and having hidden costs in their fees structure.

Overcharging by schools and increase in fees every year have been a subject of concern, often raised by the parents.

Gujarat had last month introduced Gujarat Self-Financed Schools (Regulation of Fees) Bill, 2017 to regulate the charging of exorbitant fees.

The bill empowers the Gujarat government to constitute four fee regulatory committees, one each for the state's four zones, to determine fees for admission to any standard or course of study in self-financed schools.

The fee structure proposed in the bill for primary, secondary and higher secondary schools is Rs 15,000, Rs 25,000 and Rs 27,000 per year, respectively.

Schools that wish to charge more will have to approach the regulatory committee, which will have jurisdiction over all private schools, whether affiliated to the Gujarat board, the CBSE or international boards.

The bill had also caught the interest of several states as also that of the Centre with education ministers from Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra and Javadekar asking for copies of the bill from Gujarat education minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama.

"There are private schools which are charging Rs 250, Rs 2,500, Rs 25,000 and Rs 2.5 lakh also. That is a choice which has to be made by the parents," Javadekar said.

"We value private investment as it contributes to the GDP, but schools should not be overcharging," he added.

Updated Date: Jun 04, 2017 16:37 PM

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