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NGO moots uniform fee structure in State schools
ST Correspondent | Monday, 15 May 2017 AT 11:05 PM IST
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MUMBAI: After the failure of the State government over the implementation of the Maharashtra School Fee Regulation Act to keep a check on haphazard hike in school fees, System Correcting Movement (SYSCOM), a non-government organisation (NGO) from Pune, has come up with a uniform fee structure for all schools. On Monday, the NGO released its report and a set of parameters which will decide the fees from kindergarten to standard 12. The draft has been submitted to the government’s Education Department.

The schools in the State charge fees under different heads such as education fees, admission fees, security deposit, computer and activity fees, laboratory deposit and others. The NGO has prepared a formula to decide the fees and its structure, based on actual expenses on each student.

“The format prepared by us won’t bother the educational institutes, as it will be beneficial for both the educational institute and the parents as well,” said Rajendra Dharankar, Chairman of the NGO.

“According to the formula, the education institute will get 100 per cent reimbursement for each student and they also have a liberty to increase it by 13 per cent each year for the development of the institute. The amount can’t be the same in all schools, but we are trying to fix the parameters to raise the fees,” he added.

“The prescribed format is based on the balance sheet of the each school. The fees will be decided on the basis of the cost of the structure of the building and its maintenance cost. If the school is spending more on each student for extra-curricular activities, that will also reflect through the format and will automatically fix the fees,” he said.

Vaishali Bafna from the NGO said that some schools are charging exorbitant fees while the quality of education or other facilities are poor. “This format will stop the discrimination if the government makes it compulsory,” Bafna said.

“If the schools made their financial balance sheets public, it will be easy for the parents to decide the fees. If any school puts wrong information about their financial condition in the public domain, they will be prosecuted under criminal procedure,” Dharankar said.

These institutes running schools are registered under charitable trusts and have to submit their annual report to the charitable commissioner, the NGO said. 
 
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