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School fee to be fixed on basis of facilities

HYDERABAD: Minister for School Education Dokka Manikya Varaprasad said on Wednesday that the government was formulating an action plan where in the fee in private schools would be fixed on the basis of infrastructural facilities.

“We have received a spate of complaints on the high fee charged by the school managements. Collection of fee indiscriminately is causing lot of concern for the parents,” Mr. Varaprasad said at a press conference here.

Mr. Varaprasad said the government had taken a serious view of the complaints and decided to crack down on schools charging high fee. He would convene a meeting shortly with the parents, student unions and the managements to discuss the issue.

“We are very particular about imposing a ceiling on the fee,” he said and added that discussions were also on with the officials to evolve a fee structure that was beneficial to the parents.

To a query on unqualified teachers, he said the government machinery would also take a look at the teaching faculty.

Merger

Answering another question, he said that bringing the Board of Intermediate Education under the School Education Department did not amount to merger since the BIE was an autonomous body unlike the Central Board of Secondary Education. The decision was taken with an eye on administrative convenience.

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