Government balm for school fee hike

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Delhi government has assured that the hike, when it is worked out, will not amount to more than Rs 150-200 on an average. 'In some cases it may be as low as INR50. In case of schools that already charge a high fee and have cash reserves in excess of its expenses, there may be no hike,' a highly placed government source told HT.

The five-member committee headed by former bureaucrat S.L. Bansal that Delhi government set up to look into the private schools' de- mand for higher tuition fee submitted its report on Tuesday recommending a cap of Rs 500 on any hike. The government plans to fine-tune this further and prepare a system for fee increase that will not only consider a parents' income, but also a school's assets and income while deciding the hike. 'Of the 1,500-odd private recognised schools, 800 have said they don't want a hike as their students would not be able to afford it. Only about 200 schools are asking for a substantial hike. The government will study their cases individually to ascertain how much they really need to hike,' said the source. The remaining 500 do not want substantial hikes. Schools and parents have reacted differently to the Bansal Committee recommendations and the government's reactions.

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