Parents want regulation of school fees: Survey

A survey has found that 93 per cent parents want annual fees charged by the private schools to be a capped at one month of tution fee, IANS news agency reported


“Schools adopt various ways to hike the total fees. While the tuition fee may not be hiked, all other fees like annual/admission fee are raised indiscriminately by the schools. Hence, when asked whether this fee, under the head of annual or admission fee, should be limited to one month of tuition fee, 93 per cent of the citizens agreed,” the survey by LocalCircles revealed, stated the report.


The LocalCircles community social media platform received over 58,000 responses from over 21,000 parents in 215 districts in the country, it said adding that the survey also focused on the ways to regulate school fee hikes, with the majority of parents (54 per cent of 13,317 votes) feeling that the percentage of hike should be linked to inflation.


One of the biggest arguments given by schools for raising fees is to enhance the quality of education or maintain it but in the polls, parents do not seem to be convinced of this line. Almost 77 per cent of 7,205 parents say that capping of fees would not affect the quality of education.
In the survey, a majority of parents have also suggested that it should be made mandatory for all schools to publish their annual statement of costs on their website.


No final decision on shifting funds-sanctioning power: HRD Ministry on UGC scrapping

The HRD Ministry on Monday clarified that a final decision on transferring the power to sanction funds to higher educational institutes to itself, following the scrapping of the UGC, was yet to be taken, PTI news agency reported on July 3. The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry had last week announced its decision to replace the University Grants Commission (UGC) with the Higher Education Commission of India (HECI) by repealing the UGC Act, 1951.


According to a draft, which has been placed in the public domain by the ministry to seek feedback from the stakeholders, the new commission will solely focus on the academic matters and monetary grants would be under the purview of the ministry.


The decision has not gone down well with a section of academicians, who have questioned the move saying politicians should not be involved in academic matters.


“Apprehensions regarding the recommended shift of the grant-related functions to the ministry under the proposed HEI Act, 2018 are purely misplaced. No final decision has been taken to shift the grant-related functions to the ministry, even though the recommendation to separate the regulator and the grant-giving entity was made by several expert committees in the past and is rooted in the sound principles of governance,” the report said quoting a HRD Ministry spokesperson said.


The Higher Education Commission of India Act, 2018 (Repeal of the University Grants Commission Act) is likely to be tabled in Parliament during the Monsoon Session, which begins on July 18.