Schools want 15pc fee hike

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
Schools want 15pc fee hike

Feb 28, 2015-

The private and institutional schools in the Valley are preparing to hike their tuition fees by around 15 percent for the new academic session.

Following the directives from Central Level Fee Determining and Monitoring Committee on February 16, the private schools have started submitting their fee structures at District Education Office (DEO) in their respective districts. District Fee Determining Committee led by District Education Officer is authorised to determine fees of private schools.

The central level panel on February 18 had directed all the DEOs to fix the fees within a month. Though the Education Regulation envisions determining the fees three months before the academic session, no district has abided by the rule due to the delay caused by private schools. Education officials in Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur said a majority of schools submitting proposed fee structures have demanded a rise by around 15 percent. “Most schools have submitted their proposed fee based on the existing legal provisions and inflation,” said DK Dhungana, general secretary of the Private and Boarding Schools’ Organisation. “We want that there are no criticisms after the increment.” The new academic session starts from mid-April.

The private schools have been claiming that they should be allowed to make increment “needed” for their sustenance as they have not increased their fee for past three years. In 2012, the Supreme Court had directed the private schools not to hike the tuition fee for another three years, barring them from charging more than Rs 150 during admission.

Following directives from Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority, the Department of Education has also asked the schools to publish their fee structures on websites and in an office room that is accessible to everyone.

Published: 01-03-2015 08:44

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