Staff Reporter

The government is also in favour of fixing the fee structure in private institutions, says Minister

PUDUCHERRY: The issue of alleged collection of “hefty” donation and tuition fee by private schools rocked the Assembly on Monday, prompting Education Minister M.O.H.F. Shahjahan to concede the members’ demand for constitution of a committee to look into the subject.

“Not paying properly”

Raising the issue during the question hour, A. Anbalagan (AIADMK) said several private schools were collecting huge amounts as donation and tuition fee from parents. However, the teachers were not paid properly, he added.

“Has become a fancy”

Admitting that the government was aware of the issue, Mr. Shahjahan said though some of the institutions charged heavily, there was a great demand for admission to these institutions.

“Now, it has become a fancy for the parents to send their children to such institutions,” he said

To this, Mr. Anbalagan said that the Minister’s stand would only give a wrong impression to the public and demanded steps to streamline the functioning of private schools.

Stating that he was not supporting the private schools, Mr. Shahjahan said the government was also in favour of fixing the fee structure in private schools.

The government would constitute a committee to find out whether the fee structure matched the infrastructure provided in the school, he said.

Teachers’ salary

Intervening, Speaker R. Radhakrishnan said the salary structure of teachers working in the private schools should also be looked into.

Help from Kerala

Agreeing to the Speaker’s suggestion, the Education Minister said they would also try to get particulars from Kerala where certain regulations had been imposed on the private schools on the fee and salary structure.

P.R. Siva (MDMK) said that in the last Assembly session too, the government had promised to take steps in this regard, but no action was taken to streamline the functioning of private schools.