Smriti Says Private Schools Will Not be Allowed To Hike Fees

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New Delhi:  Private schools will not be allowed to hike fees in the middle of a session and any increase at the start of the academic year would also need to be consulted with parent-teacher associations, Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani said on Sunday.

“We have proposed to states that if private schools want to hike fees in the beginning of a session, it has to be done in consultations with parent-teacher associations, but we will not allow mid-session fee hike,” Ms Irani said.

There has been a growing resentment among parents about inordinately high private school fees, the minister said, adding that her ministry has received several complaints regarding the issue.

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The Centre has proposed this to states, Ms Irani said, adding the Punjab government will soon take a decision on this matter.

Ms Irani was in Amritsar to attend the foundation stone laying ceremony of IIM-Amritsar’s own campus.