Hike is between 6 per cent and 20 per cent

Parents, prepare to shell out more school fees from the coming academic year. For, most private school managements have decided to hike not only the tuition fees, but also sports, computers and other fees. The hike is in the range of 6 per cent to 20 per cent per annum.

While some of the private schools, which have a relatively higher fee structure, are moving for something less than a 10 per cent hike, others that hitherto had a moderate fee structure have gone in for a sharp 15 per cent hike and more.

Schools such as the Delhi Public School have decided to hike their fees by 6 per cent per annum and others like Carmel High School in Basaveswarnagar, by 10 per cent to 15 per cent.

This will burden parents, particularly the middleclass, as they are battling with the rise in the prices of food and essential commodities.

A parent of a student studying in a private school in Mahalakshmi Layout said that the school had increased monthly fees from Rs. 950 to Rs. 1,200 for the academic year 2012-13. For the coming academic year, the school is hiking the monthly fees to Rs. 1,550.

“We cannot afford this and are considering the option of taking our child out of this school. But getting admissions elsewhere is difficult. A nominal hike (in fees) is understandable. But, an increase of Rs. 350 a month is something beyond our capacity,” said G. Raj.

Another parent, Kumar N., who runs a juice shop and earns an annual income of Rs. 40,000, said that he spends over Rs. 10,000 of it on his son’s school fees. “The school management has decided to increase the fees by 12 per cent for the coming academic year. We are helpless and don’t have any other choice,” he said.

At a private school in Kempapura, Hebbal, a parent said that the annual fee hike is around Rs. 16,000. A copy of the circular, which is with The Hindu, states that the increase in fees is to construct a yoga hall and for laying tiles in laboratories and other common areas apart from an increase in the material and maintenance fee.

‘Inevitable’

Most private school managements justified their stance saying a fee hike is “inevitable”. Roshan Menezes, administrator of Carmel High School in Basaveshwarnagar, said that the school was forced to introduce up to 15 per cent hike in the next academic year in the annual fees as well as the monthly fees.

“Last year, our annual fee was between Rs. 6,000 and Rs. 8,000 and our monthly fee, Rs. 1,800. But from the coming academic year we will have to increase the fees as the cost of printing, stationery and electricity has increased. Moreover, we have to hike teachers’ salaries too.”

N. Santosh Kumar, principal of Indian Public School in Vignana Nagar, said: “As our school consists of students from middleclass families, we have tried to limit the hike up to 8 per cent.”

Transport fees

Meanwhile, Mansoor Ali Khan, member, Board of Management, Delhi Public School, said that his school has opted for a 6 per cent fee hike. But the hike will be up to 20 per cent in transport fees due to the hike in diesel prices.

L.R. Shivarame Gowda, chairperson of the Joint Action Committee of Private Schools, defended the hike and said that private managements had to increase the fees to provide quality education.

“The numbers of private schools in the city are multiplying, so schools need to provide better facilities to keep in pace with the development and retain students,” he said.