Most par­ents feel cap­ping school fee won’t hit qual­ity

46% Want It To Be Linked To In­fla­tion, Finds Sur­vey

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES CITY - Should the an­nual/ad­mis­sion fee charges by pri­vate schools each year be lim­ited to one month of tu­ition fee?

New Delhi: The Cen­tre is now mulling cap­ping fees charged by pri­vate schools, which, 77% of Delhi par­ents think, won’t af­fect the qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion.

In an on­line sur­vey in­volv­ing the par­ents whose chil­dren are study­ing in pri­vate schools in Delhi, it was found that 96% think an­nual/ad­mis­sion fees should be lim­ited to the tu­ition fees for a month.

The sur­vey, con­ducted by Lo­calCir­cles — a com­mu­nity so­cial me­dia plat­form, cov­ered six top­ics such as the best model for fee reg­u­la­tion and if schools are in­creas­ing the fees an­nu­ally by over 10%.

The fee hike is­sue bothers par­ents every year. While some states have taken steps to cap the ab­so­lute fees and some oth­ers are work­ing on such a mech­a­nism, the sub­ject is more nu­anced and a sim­ple cap­ping may not work. Past in­stances have shown that ex­pen­sive or higher-qual­ity schools are of­ten shut when ab­so­lute fees are capped.

The sur­vey tried to crowd source a so­lu­tion to this prob­lem through a se­ries of polls. The first is­sue was a model to reg­u­late school fees. Should school fees be capped like it has been done in Gu­jarat and Tamil Nadu? In response, 46% of the Delhi par­ents said the hike should be linked to in­fla- Yes: Yes: Sam­ple size: 7,466 tion and it couldn’t be ar­bi­trary. Around 36% also wanted a cap on the to­tal fee amount. But the ma­jor­ity wanted the reg­u­la­tion to fo­cus on an­nual fee hikes, not ab­so­lute fees.

On the cri­te­ria for in­crease in fees, 54% linked it to in­fla­tion, while 26% wanted the hike to be capped at an an­nual rate of 10%.

A whop­ping 83% of the par­ents whose chil­dren study in pri­vate schools in Delhi claimed that the schools were charg­ing sig­nif­i­cant fees un­der other heads (an­nual fee, school fund etc) and in­creas­ing them by over 10% an­nu­ally.

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