Parents living in Mumbai are having sleepless nights these days, as private schools of the city are planning to impose steep fee hikes in the absence of any policy by the state and confusion over a series of rulings by the state and country's Supreme Court.
Recently three schools sharing the same management in Goregaon have decided to hike the fees by 30 to 35%. This decision gave a big shock to students' parents as they have no other option left to choose from.
According to the parents whose children are studying in Gokuldham High School, they were asked to sign an attendance sheet for a meeting, the sheet is now being used by school's officials to claim that parents have agreed for the rise in fees.
"We have been told that the hike is being proposed to accommodate children who will be studying in the school for free under the RTE reservation quota, as well as to pay teachers according to the sixth pay commission. But as far as we know that the government will be paying for the students in the reservation section, so why are we being asked to shell our money?" says a parent.
Parents of other two schools also took a stand by raising their voice "we understand that school is planning to promote education for all and provide free education to students. But a 30% hike is too high and many parents are against it."
Following the same path Yashodham High School's management has also proposed a fee hike of 35%, but the principal of the school kept mum and refused to say anything on the decision, when asked for.
As a result, many parents have taken fight to the Bombay High Court as well as the state child rights commission. But a recent high court order on a writ petition filed by parents of South Mumbai school said that state education department should not interfere in the free structure of private unaided schools.