Press Esc to close
Friday 31 October 2014
News updated at 10:21 AM IST
Weather
Max: 28.4°C
Min : 18°C
In Bangalore
Partially cloudy

Pvt schools 'extort' orientation fee

New Delhi, Avinash Singh Sudan, April 17, 2013, DHNS:

Parents grumble against exorbitant amount for two-hour exercise

Private schools in the capital are extorting money from parents seeking nursery admission for their wards, in the name of orientation fee, which is over and above the admission and monthly fee.

Some parents silently pay the amount, others speak up against the malpractice.
A parent told Deccan Herald that she had applied to Apeejay School at Sheikh Sarai in south Delhi for her daughter’s admission in lower kindergarten for the 2013-14 session.

“After her name appeared in the first list, the school asked us to pay Rs 36,700. But they didn’t tell us that it was orientation fee,” she said.


“The orientation was a two-hour session in which the school authorities had organised a lecture by a psychiatrist. After the session they told us to pay Rs 36,000 as admission fee. By that time we got a seat in another school,” she added.

The orientation fee has not been refunded, she said. “Now the school says you may only get 40 per cent of the amount,” she added.

Sumit Vohra, founder of admissionsnursery.com, said, “Many schools are extorting money from parents by charging exorbitant amount as orientation fee. We have been getting complaints from parents about this practice.”

“But some established schools don’t charge any money for the orientation. They say it is a false practice and we shouldn’t encourage it,” he added.

Another parent complained that K R Mangalam World School in west Delhi’s Vikaspuri area had asked for a huge orientation fee for the admission of her son. “But we declined and got our son admitted to another school,” she said.

An educationist said the practice has been going on for quite some time. Those who get admission do not dare to speak up against the school authorities. It is causing a hindrance in the delivery of quality education, he added.

Despite repeated attempts the school authorities did not comment on the issue.

HC notice on admissions

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday sought the city government’s response to a PIL seeking directions to formulate fresh guidelines for nursery admissions in tune with the RTE Act, which prohibits screening of children in admission at the entry level, reports PTI.  The court issued notices to Delhi government and Lieutenant Governor. The bench sought their responses on a PIL filed by social jurists through counsel Ashok Aggarwal, who alleged Delhi government has given free hand to schools to lay down the procedure of admission to nursery and primary classes.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Security personnel patrol a street after a protest by the supporters of Jammu and Kashmir...

Security personnel patrol a street after a protest by the supporters of Jammu and Kashmir...

India A players Rohit Sharma and Manish Pandey during a practice match against Sri Lanka...

India A players Rohit Sharma and Manish Pandey during a practice match against Sri Lanka...

Indian Air Force officers arrive at the Gateway of India after swimming for a distance...

Indian Air Force officers arrive at the Gateway of India after swimming for a distance...

The Navy hovercraft carrying West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to Sagar Island...

The Navy hovercraft carrying West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to Sagar Island...

A Rajasthani herder with his cows in Gurgaon...

A Rajasthani herder with his cows in Gurgaon...

Devotees wait for the Sun to offer prayers, during Chhath Puja festival in Agra...

Devotees wait for the Sun to offer prayers, during Chhath Puja festival in Agra...

Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik creates a sand sculpture on Black Money with a message...

Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik creates a sand sculpture on Black Money with a message...

BJP workers arrange the cut-outs of party symbol (lotus) to decorate the boats at the Marine...

BJP workers arrange the cut-outs of party symbol (lotus) to decorate the boats at the Marine...

A police man investigates the tunnel dug up by the robbers in Gohana bank heist, in Sonipat...

A police man investigates the tunnel dug up by the robbers in Gohana bank heist, in Sonipat...

Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan sweeps in a stree during a cleanliness drive as a part...

Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan sweeps in a stree during a cleanliness drive as a part...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bangalore - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523