Fee fixation: Schools seek more time for objections

Private schools have sought more time to submit objections to the fee fixation by the government. Based on the High Court directions in 2013, the government formed a committee for regulations on fixing fees in unaided schools and the committee came up with draft regulations.

The draft regulations were put up on the website of the Department of Public Instruction and objections were invited within a month.

The Karnataka Private Schools Joint Action Committee has written to the department requesting for more time as the information was put up during Dasara holidays.

“Even though the draft was ready by September 19, it was uploaded only by September 30. By this time, schools closed for Dasara holidays. We need time to go through it, hold consultations and come up with objections,” Shashi Kumar, organising secretary of the Committee, told Deccan Herald.

Kumar said the government had proposed a fee of Rs 650 per month for classes 1 and 2. “The fee is illogical as it is less than what the government spends per student. How can schools function with these fees?”

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