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Hyderabad: Physical classes in doubt, yet schools increase fees
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HYDERABAD: Many city schools have announced a fee hike of 10% to 30% for the academic year 2021-22. This, even as there is lack of clarity on whether students will be able to get back for physical classes as number of Covid-19 cases are on the rise across the state.

While the Telangana High Court has questioned the state government about the number of schools following the directive to collect only tuition fee, many parents say school managements have restructured the school fee and are charging everything under the tuition fee component.

“We have collected data from various parents and found that 20 to 30 schools have increased the fee for the ensuing academic year. Many have blatantly added all the fee components such as computer fee, development fee etc. under the tuition fee head,” said Venkat Sainath, joint secretary, Hyderabad School Parents Association.

In some schools, parents are also being asked to pay for new school dress, shoes, books and stationery. Government Order 46 asking schools to collect only tuition fee was limited to academic year 2020-21, leaving parents worried. “Now, the schools are free to collect whatever amount they wish to as the GO issued last year is not valid for the next academic year. It’s time the government issues new orders,” said Bhavana Pandey, a parent.

Owing to the pandemic, many schools had not hiked the tuition fee last year and had even offered discounts and relief to some parents on conditional basis. This year schools have refused to extend any relief to the parents.

“We would like to bring to your attention that there would be no special or individual concessions in the upcoming academic year as we accorded to you last year. We request you to plan the payments in three instalments as has been the system over the previous years,” read an email by a private CBSE school in Sun City.

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