Ranchi: President, Jharkhand Parents Association Ajay Rai has once again raised the issue of private schools in the capital increasing fee during the second wave of Covid-19, causing problems to the parents. In an email sent to Secretary, School Education and Literacy Department, Rajesh Sharma, he has complained about schools which have increased their fee, urging the department to take action.
Reminding govt of its own order
He reminded that last year government had issued letter to private schools , directing them not to increase fees and not to take any other type of charge. This year in 2021 the second wave of corona affected entire state badly. Thousands of people lost their lives in Jharkhand. A large group of people became jobless and still no such direction was issued.
Last year Jharkhand government took rapid step to overcome the situation . The parents association demanded government to guide private schools this year also and remind them that Schools can demand only tuition fees during the lockdown. Association has demanded government to issue an order to this effect.
Every private school should have a fee regulatory body with representation of parents. After recommendation by the board, schools can increase fees and they can increase it by 10 % after every two years. many private schools in Jharkhand have increased it by 40 -50 % arbitrarily.–Rai
Demands from Government
- Private schools should implement JET amendment act 2017.
- No school can debar students from online classes for fee default.
- Schools should stop collecting Re- Admission fee, Development charge and annual fees. Those who collected should refund the money.
- All schools should upload the guidelines of CBSE, ICSE and State Board -in their school website.
Those charging more
The Association in its letter has mentioned names of the schools which have increased their fee this year, including JVM Shyamli, Oxford School, Ranchi, St. Micheal School Colambi, St. Anthony School Doranda, St. Francis School Harmu, Surendranath Centenary School Deepatoli, DAV Hehal, DAV School Gandhinagar.