SRINAGAR – With the onset of the new academic session in Kashmir, missionary and other private schools have hiked students fees by a hefty 20 per cent at one go, violating clear government directives.
Complaints are pouring in from parents of what they term as extortion by school managements who have levied large amounts as building and welfare funds in addition to regular fees.
According to standing government directives, annual fee hikes by private schools cannot exceed 10 per cent of the existing structure.
Parents of students in the Kashmir Valley School here said that the management had hiked its monthly charges by 20 per cent, with students in class 9 having to pay Rs 2100 as tuition fee, and Rs 700 and Rs 300 as building and staff welfare funds.
The last two categories of charges are illegal, the parents said.
Money is also extracted on the pretext of medical facilities, and bus fee too has been fixed at over Rs 1000 per student, they said.
Parents of students in missionary schools too complained of a 20 per cent hike in fees.
Those already studying at the schools have to shell out extra 20 per cent every month, and new admissions have to pay thousands of rupees as donations, they said.
Parents complained of lack of government checks on such schools, saying that this had emboldened the managements to issue arbitrary and highhanded diktats.
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