Once the overall expense such as the facilities for smart classroom, air conditioning and the salaries extended to the teachers drawn by the school is scrutinized, the committee will reconsider the hike in fee. In an interim order last month, the Supreme Court directed the members of Association of Management of Private Schools, CBSE to make a presentation of all the expenditures.
Principals of several schools said that the amount for fee previously decided did not include some of the essential provisions. According to the principal of a school, “Many schools were asked to increase their pupil-teacher ratio from 15:1 to 20:1 to suit the requirements of the committee”, and further added that such expenses as air-conditioned classrooms were not considered.
On the other side, parents feel that the revised fee structure will de-burden the additional expenditures. Some of the schools also charge an additional amount for sports and other co-curricular activities. “We may increase the fees of some schools, but the committee will first inspect the facilities and the cost incurred by each school,” an official said.