‘Karnataka’s school fee cap not low enough’: Parents demand regulatory body

Prime News, Karnataka, Education, Children, Finance, Bengaluru, September 27:- Amid an ongoing tussle between parents and private schools over the issue of fees, several parents’ associations in Karnataka, including Voice of Parents and Poshakara Samanvaya Vedike, along with the Aam Aadmi Party have demanded that the Karnataka government appoint a fee regulatory body for private schools in the state.

This was suggested as many parents were dissatisfied with the recent decision of the Karnataka High Court on September 16, where it mandated private schools to reduce only 15% of the fees. Earlier, in January 2021, the Karnataka government had released an order to reduce tuition fees for the academic year by 30% due to COVID-19.

When the Karnataka government had capped school fees at 70% of the tuition fee earlier in 2021, parents welcomed the government’s decision. However, the Associated Management of Schools in the state was unhappy. They approached the court challenging the order, and the court had asked the government to not take any coercive action against the schools.

Ahmer, a parent from Bengaluru felt that the 15% reduction of fees was not sufficient as he felt that many parents have faced severe financial crisis amid the pandemic and would still not be able to cover school fees with this cut. “I run my own business and I have faced a 50% drop in revenue compared to previous years. The initial 30% (fee) cut was in itself not entirely sufficient but it was manageable, now a revision in reduction to 15% is not enough in any way,” Ahmer said. (MR, Inputs: Agencies)

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