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Private schools in Jamshedpur increase huge fees without permission

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Jamshedpur :  In a major blow to the parents, most private schools in the city have increased the fees, including enrolment. This time the fee has been increased from Rs 900 to Rs 2700. But for this the schools did not even take permission from the Fee Determination Committee. Even many schools have not told parents about this before.

This was revealed when some parents matched the fee structure of this time from last year. Seeing the huge difference, their senses flew away. Parents of middle-class families who were happy to get their child’s name on the lottery list till yesterday are now worried about the increased financial burden due to the fee hike. The highest fee increase has been in the DBMS English School Kadma.

However, the schools said that they had already taken permission from the department. Private schools have to seek permission from the district level fees committee before raising fees. For this, a district level fee assessment committee has been formed under the provisions of the Jharkhand Education Tribunal Act. Its ex-officio chairman is the Deputy Commissioner. The main function of the committee is to prevent violation of RTE rules.

According to the information received from the committee, no permission has been taken by the schools regarding the increase in fees. In this regard, Vineet Kumar, DSE of East Singhbhum district, said that a clear instruction has been issued by the government to private schools to increase the fees. Under this, they have to get permission from the District Level Fee Determination Committee before increasing the fees. But no school has taken permission. Even after this, if a school has increased the fees, action will be taken against them after finding out.

These schools hid information about increase in fees: Loyola School, Sacred Heart Convent School, Rajendra Vidyalaya, LFS, Jusco School South Park, Jusco School Kadma, ADLS Sunshine School Kadama, St. Mary’s English School Bistupur etc. According to sources, many of these schools have increased the fees. But it was not disclosed earlier.

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