K'tka: No more woes to parents, school fees regulated

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Bangalore, Feb 6: A 30% profit margin has been set up for private schools by the Karnataka government.

Ashok Kumar Adiga, President of the Parents' Association decided to take up a fight against the soaring hike in school education last year.

"What is the profit that schools are making; it's more than 100 per cent. They say building fees, they say computer education, even bags are sold in schools for Rs 500-600, shoes are sold for Rs 1,400," said Kumar.

After the initiative by Kumar, a circular from Karnataka Education Department said that tuition fees should not exceed a margin of 30 percent and schools should not charge any non-tuition fees till class V.

"Education means not mere reading and writing, you have to provide libraries, AV, sports, laboratory and other facilities, innumerable requirements," said GS Sharma, President, Karnataka Unaided School' Association.

"We have considered reasonably well what should be the fee structure. We are also seeking legal side and what we're saying, in any case, follow transparency," said Tushar Girinath, Commissioner for Public Instruction.

The government order was issued after parents protested that they were being forced to buy school uniforms and school books from the schools at huge rates.

Meanwhile, taking the case further, schools have decided to move the court next week.

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