Even the schools which are running in profit are also increasing 20 to 40 per cent fee in the name of development and other charges
RAVINDER SINGH MALIK
Out of the total 18,000 private schools in the state about 50 per cent schools have not submitted farm-6 which is necessary to increase the fee. According to guidelines that the hike in fee will not be allowed if the form-6, complete in all respects, is not submitted before the due date and fee cannot be charged in excess to the fee mentioned in the form 6. As many as 8,000 private schools are having permanent recognition. But irrespective of above rule, private schools across the state are charging extra fee without submitting form 6. As a result, a demand of audit of the private schools is coming to the fore. The list of the schools which have not submitted the form-6 also includes those schools which are running in profit. It is learnt also that the schools which are earning 20 to 40 per cent profit have increased the fee considerably in the name of development charges but the government could not take stern action to regulate the yearly hikes leaving parents in a state of despair. In view of above scenario, the state government had ordered all schools to submit on line form-6 till December 30, 2019 but 50 per cent of the schools did not follow guidelines and mocked at rules. It indicates that these schools were breaching the norms continuously irrespective of regulations. According to rule 158, profiteering schools are not allowed to increase the fee. It is pertinent to mention that all of the schools are required to submit audit report. A large number of schools continue to breach the norms as their greed for money never seems ending. In wake of this, the government has come with an amendment in 2005 Act.
Even then, most of these schools remained unaware of the rules. An audit needed to be conducted to cut the profit from the school fees. Though, many of the schools cited lack of funds but unjustified fee hike is a matter of worry for parents. Though the Haryana School Education Board has issued a set of guidelines but of no avail. “Due to increasing expenditures, the private schools are forced to increase fee” said president of the private school union Satyawan Kundu. The nomination process for admissions in the schools have taken place and possibility of hike in fee, increase books and school dress cost in new session gave a rise to the problems of parents. Along with this, private schools have started to oppose government’s decision of fixed weight of school bags. Besides, the parents are being charged additional huge amount in the name of annual fees, activity charges and smart class fees. Apart from this, the parents have to pay for school dress, stationery and shoes also. It also came to light that many of the schools are run by politicians, businessmen and bureaucrats which affect the functioning of concerned department. To some extent, the government is responsible for fee increase as a tax of Rs11,000 per school bus has been imposed. Also, the board fee has been witnessing spurt. About s 17,000 students are studying in private schools under 134-A rule and it requires the government to pay nearly Rs 7 crore to the schools.
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