TAMIL NADU

Govt. urged to streamline matric schools

Staff Reporter

COIMBATORE: The Coimbatore Consumer Cause has appealed to the State Government to streamline the functioning of matriculation schools.

The Secretary of CCC, K. Kathirmathiyon, in a memorandum pressed for the implementation of the Chittibabu Committee recommendations, which had been pending with the Government for more than five years, to stop matriculation schools from fleecing parents.

The Committee had recommended for the grading of matriculation schools depending on infrastructure and standards of education. It also suggested the Government to implement a maximum fee structure so that schools would stop charging exorbitant fees. Apart from donations, schools often extracted fees under various categories such as admission, tuition, special fee, term fee, excursion fee and annual day fee from the parents. This cost up to Rs. 10,000 for a parent of a child in kindergarten.

This was in addition to the notebooks and textbooks, which the management insisted on buying from the school itself. Schools also insisted that parents should buy uniform materials at the school and get it tailored at a shop mentioned by the school.

They also insisted on having badges, belts, ties and even socks bought from the schools. There were instances of schools insisting on payment of fee for issue of Transfer Certificate. In some cases, parents were even asked to pay the fee for the next year, he said.

Schools should also notify the parents in advance when they changed uniforms. The organisation also requested the Government to introduce a uniform syullabus from the next academic year.

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