The state government of Tamil Nadu has fixed fees for nearly 11,000 private schools in the state.
The Private Schools Fee Determination Committee, a statutory body appointed by the Government, finalised the fee structure after conducting a detailed study of the relevant issues.
The committee considered the factors like average fees collected from each student, the total number of students and the expenditure incurred by the school, including the salaries of teaching and non-teaching staff and other expenses, such as electricity and telephone charges.
The fees fixed for each individual school will be intimated through the concerned Chief Educational Officer. Details of the fee structure will be posted on the website (www.pallikalvi.in ) of the Education Department for the benefit of parents and schools.
The fee structure of schools was fixed mainly on the basis of income and expenditure of the schools. If the income through fees exceeded the expenditure, the schools were asked to reduce fees. But in schools where expenditure was more than the income, the schools were allowed to collect the existing fees.
However, almost 700 schools did not respond to the committee's communications and therefore, their fees have been fixed at the same level of schools in the adjoining areas.
The committee on an average fixed annual fee of Rs. 11,000 for higher secondary schools, Rs. 9,000 for high schools, Rs. 8,000 for middle schools and Rs. 5,000 for elementary schools in the Chennai city.
The committee chairperson said the fees fixed by the committee would be in force for three years and no school would be allowed to enhance the fees for the next three years without prior permission of the committee. For the development of schools a 10 per cent increase in expenses would be allowed.
If the committee received any complaint from students or parents that a particular school had been collecting more than the prescribed fee it would make an enquiry. It would recommend penal action against the school if the complaint against it was found to be true.