The Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani has directed the CBSE to control its affiliated schools on the rising fees without proper logic and discussions with the parents concerned. Many of the parents had complained against the rising school fees to the ministry and in response Irani asked CBSE to address its affiliated schools and stop them to raise the fees arbitrarily and hold parent-teacher association meetings before initiating the hike.
The CBSE, in line with the directive from the HRD ministry, issued an advisory for the schools asking them not to take up schools as only business enterprises and think of it as a community service mechanism as well. The children and their parents should not be burdened with innumerable fee hikes by the schools. The schools were also asked not to increase the fees mid-session and keep the fees in line with the facilities and capitation fee. It also made sure through the advisory that, schools not following the rules could be fined and can face robing of affiliation from the board.
In a news conference held recently, the HRD Minister Smriti Irani in this regard said, “We have through CBSE written to all schools saying that for hiking of fees in affiliated schools you have to take into confidence the parents-teacher association. Till such time they don’t agree to a fee hike, and the fee hike is not in proportion to facilities that you are giving in schools. You are not allowed to hike in the middle of the year and you are not allowed to keep away receipts which are rightfully to be given away to parents. These are the initiatives and instructions that are going through the government to schools and states so that the interests of the students can be protected.”
The advisory released by the CBSE to its affiliated schools mentioned the rising number of schools which are not adhering to the provisions concerning the tuition fees laid down in the affiliation bylaws of the board, which are mandatory to be followed by the schools. The advisory further said, “Taking a very serious note of the complaints being received from parents regarding fee hike, capitation fee, the board has issued an advisory to all affiliated schools for strict adherence of the relevant bylaws of the board.”
The advisory further concluded saying, “No capitation fee or voluntary donations for gaining admission in the schools or any other purposes should be charged/collected in the name of the school. In case of such malpractices, the Board may take drastic action leading to disaffiliation of the school.”