The basis for admission in private schools is not only arbitrary but also discriminatory. There are all kinds of quota, such as sibling quota, management quota, parents area of expertise etc. In a country where all children are supposed to have the same rights, many children are disadvantaged just because they do not make it to a quota category. And none of this has anything to do with a child ability or aptitude. There is an urgent need for the entry-level admission process in private schools to become more transparent and fair, giving an equal opportunity to all children.What do you think of the nursery admission process?
According to Delhi School Education (DSE) rules, parents can deposit the monthly fee by the 10th of every month. Despite a Delhi High Court order in 2013 to the effect that schools cant charge fees for more than a month at a time, schools brazenly continue to charge quarterly fees. Schools have not changed to a monthly mode saying that it would be inconvenient for the parents and impractical. Parents, on the other hand, find it daunting to deposit fees on a quarterly basis since it becomes a huge amount. If you make advance payments to any other institution, you get a discount since the institution would earn interest on your advance payments. Advance payments earn interest for schools, the benefits of are never shared with parents. On the contrary, if the parents dont make the advance payment by a said date, they have to pay an additional penalty. That is robbing in broad daylight.
What is your opinion as a parent and as a citizen?
Parents of children in private schools are not only forced to pay advance fees for three months but are also penalized if they do not make the advance payment by a given date in the first month of a quarter. Given the pace at which private school fees has skyrocketed in the past few years, paying fees for a quarter in advance is no small feat for parents. Most parents have to start taking stock of their accounts much ahead of the due date. There must be a system of checks and balances in place to monitor such practices that are rampant in private unaided schools.
What do you think about school fees trap?