The private schools fee determination committee headed by Justice S.R. Singaravelu - which commenced the fee fixation exercise at Chennai on March 1 this year - has refused to entertain schools which had not renewed their recognition, despite having issued summons to them.
The fee fixed by the committee was valid for three years. A total of 12,536 schools comprising new schools and those whose three-year period had lapsed were appearing before the committee.
The committee had allotted the days between April 5 and May 31 for Coimbatore district.
Several schools whose recognition renewal process was pending now for various reasons were being asked to leave, G. Krishnaraj, general secretary of Tamil Nadu Nursery, Primary, Matriculation and Higher Secondary Schools Welfare Association, told The Hindu here on Saturday.
The committee refused to fix the fee for at least 60 such primary and nursery schools from Tirupur district, for which the process concluded on April 2. Of the first 20 schools from Coimbatore appearing before the committee, at least two schools lack recognition.
“Despite knowing this, similar schools in Coimbatore still went for the meeting as failing to appear before the committee would be viewed seriously.
The Department of School Education could have sent the summons only to schools which had recognition,” he said.
While Justice Singaravelu showed concern for these schools and immediately directed the Education officials concerned to expedite the process, he refused to fix the fees till such time the recognition was renewed, he added.
As the schools cannot function without fees, these schools would collect when the academic year commences by June on the same pattern fixed last time. Once the recognition process was completed and the fee determined at a later date, the differences in the fees would be reimbursed to the parents.
The process of obtaining/renewing recognition could be delayed for umpteen reasons and not always due to the school’s fault. The mandatory inspection of a government official would get delayed as he/she would have been held up in other works, the school’s file would been kept pending by the Department of School Education or due to any such reason.
A lot of time went into preparing for this process as the committee would demand a number of details. Now, many principals would have spent this time without any purpose as the committee had turned them away without even seeing them.
The officials from Department of School Education were not providing adequate advice to schools, which were facing numerous problems, including shortage of teachers and increasing operational costs, said Mr. Krishnaraj.
A total of 245 nursery and primary schools and 348 matriculation schools from Coimbatore district would be appearing before the committee, he added.