January 20, 2012

Schools need parents’ nod to increase fees

HYDERABAD: The district education department (DEO) has made it mandatory for school managements in the city to take permission from parents before any hike in fees.

School officials will now have to discuss the reasons for increasing their fees with parent-teacher associations before announcing any hike. Were the revision in fee structure to be rejected by these associations, then the hike move may not be implemented, DEO said in a news release.

Schools are to display their fee structures on their notice boards and it should be accessible to parents and guardians. Also, details of the fee structure should be sent to the district education officer, the release said.

The DEO has warned school managements against taking donations.

The DEO's orders are applicable to all schools in the city including those with CBSE and ICSE certification, officials said.

The order comes at a time when parents' bodies have been crying foul over unjustified hikes in school fees.

Most schools in the city have increased their fees by 10% to 50% for the academic year 2011- '12.

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