Hyderabad: City parents, who are feeling the pinch of fee hike in schools, have lodged a complaint with the secondary education department seeking action against four schools for demanding hefty capitation fee in the name of building development fund.
The Hyderabad School Parents’s Association (HSPA) has already launched protests against dozen top schools for hiking fee ranging between 5% and 15%. Some of the schools have increased the fee for the consecutive year. Parents complained that the schools had also increased the capitation fee by 2% to 3%. As per the Right to Education Act, charging capitation fee is a punishable offence and the education department says it needs to collect evidence against the accused school managements before taking action. The secondary education department has asked the district education officer to conduct an inquiry. “The schools cannot be held guilty unless charges are proved. The inquiry will take more than three weeks to complete,” said a senior official of the department. TNN
Times of India | Hyderabad | Page 3 | January 18, 2013