Special Correspondent

Recentl circular on fee structure

Circular applicable to Government and private schools with fee structure issued``Officials reject complaints''

VILLUPURAM: A forum consisting of social service organisations, political parties and minority institutions has called for penal action against schools violating Education department's guidelines on the tuition fee structure.

According to Prabha Kalvimani, a spokesman of the forum, the department had recently issued a circular, tabulating the fee structure from sixth standard to Plus-Two level. It was applicable to the private schools and the government-run as well as aided schools.

The fee structure is as follows: Standards VI to VIII - Rs. 57.50 (including special fee of Rs. 32.50 and subscription to the Teacher-Parent Association - Rs. 25; for Standards IX and X - Rs. 72.50 (Rs. 47.50 and Rs. 25); and for Plus-One and Plus-Two - Rs. 128 (Rs. 103 and Rs. 25).

The department had stated that the circular should be displayed prominently in schools and if parents found any management collecting exorbitant fees, they could bring it to the notice of the educational officer for further action.

Contrary to the instruction that the schools should not collect donation and additional fees for supplying notes and guides, uniforms and for computer classes, the private schools were fleecing the parents with impunity, he said. For instance, a private school at Tindivanam was collecting Rs. 870 (Rs. 200 for transfer certificate and Rs. 670 for notebooks) from the students admitted to Standard VI.

The schools had been thus arbitrarily collecting abnormal fees for years together, under the very nose of the officials. Instead of bringing the recalcitrant managements to book, the officials simply rejected the complaints, he noted.

The forum urged the Government to strictly enforce the guidelines, ensure 69 per cent reservation at Plus-One level as provided under the Government Order (No. 42, dated January 12,1994) and restrict the number of students being handled by teachers in private coaching classes.

It pointed out that even though legislation on prohibiting collection of donation in educational institutions was passed in 1992, the rules were yet to be framed.