DEOs asked to fix school fees

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Jan 16, 2015-

The Department of Education (DoE) has directed its subordinate offices to categorise private schools and fix their fees three months before the new academic session starts.

The DoE asked Regional Education Directorates and District Education Offices to categorise private schools based on the Private and Institutional School Operation Directives (PISOD) 2013 by the second week of February and determine their fee accordingly. The new academic session starts across the country from May. According to the Education Regulation 2002 and the PISOD, private and institutional schools are categorised in four groups based on their infrastructure, number of students and academic results. The Regulation authorises the DEOs to determine fees and categorise schools.

According to the PISOD, the ‘C’ grade schools can charge maximum fee of Rs 1, 100 in primary level, Rs 1,250 in lower secondary level and Rs 1,700 in secondary level. Those with ‘B’ grade can increase 25 percent from the prescribed fees while ‘A’ grade schools can add 50 percent. The Directives allows the ‘A’ grade schools to charge maximum of Rs 2,250 in the secondary level. However, a majority of schools under this category are charging around Rs 5,000 in the secondary level on average.

The fee ceiling is, however, likely to be increased this year as private schools have not ‘officially’ raised fees for the past two years following the Supreme Court verdict which barred fee hike every year.

The DoE in November, 2014, asked private schools to publicise their fee structure through their own websites so that everyone can have easy access to the information. The decision was made following the direction from Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority to strictly implement the directives on regulating private schools. Currently, around 9,000 private and institutional schools operate across the country.

Published: 17-01-2015 09:36

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