Panel to determine Tamil Nadu Unaided Schools’ Fees

Panel to determine Tamil Nadu Unaided Schools’ Fees

A committee will soon be constituted to determine the fee structure for unaided private schools in the State, including those affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).

Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi has cleared the formation of the panel. He would make a formal announcement, School Education Minister Thangam Thennarasu said here, and a government order would be issued.

Headed by a former High Court Judge, the committee will be established under the Tamil Nadu Schools (Regulation of Collection of Fee) Act 2009. It will include State government officials. Fees for admission to all classes and courses in private schools will come within the panel’s purview.

In July, the Assembly adopted legislation on this, which received the Governor’s nod. Ruleswould be finalised in a few weeks, the Minister said.

The government had decided to frame the legislation in the wake of complaints regarding private schools collecting exorbitant fees and the absence of a uniform procedure to fix fees.

The committee would determine fees that could be levied by a school taking into account factors such as its location, infrastructure, expenditure on administration and maintenance and reasonable surplus required for the institution’s growth and development. The committee would also hear any complaints of collection of fees in excess of what was determined by it or fixed by the government. If it concludes that the school has collected excess fees, it would recommend to the competent authority cancellation of recognition or approval.

In the case of government schools and those that get government aid, the government would itself fix the fees.