Most parents feel capping school fee won’t hit quality
46% Want It To Be Linked To Inflation, Finds Survey
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.