After enacting the Tamil Nadu Schools (Regulation of Collection of Fee) Act, a committee led by a retired HC judge was constituted to fix fees for private schools. The Tamil Nadu Private Schools Fee Determination Committee instructed all institutions, barring CBSE and ICSE schools, to submit proposals on fees for 2020-2023 based on expenditure incurred last year. The institutions have been asked to submit their proposal before September 29.
The committee members decided to fix the amount for the next three years, as the old fees structure was valid only till 2019-20, said a senior official from the School Education Department.
DC Elangovan, secretary, Federation of Association of Private Schools in Tamil Nadu Secretary, told DT Next that the organisation has submitted a proposal to the government to consider hiking tuition fee by 15 per cent. He added that all schools were advised to send their proposals immediately so that the fees fixation committee members would take a decision at the earliest.
Most of the private school teachers were not paid salary for the last three to four months, he said the proposed hike would help the managements to deal with the crisis brought about by the total lockdown.
Pointing out the financial crunch faced by private school teachers, the federation had also requested both State and central governments to grant six months’ salary amount as a long-term, interest-free loan to all self-financed schools in the State for disbursing salaries to teaching and non-teaching staff.