No government order to implement fee ordinance: Gautam Budh Nagar district magistrate

NOIDA: The magistrate has said he has not received any instruction from the state government on implementing an ordinance on that schools can charge.
The DM’s comment came against the backdrop of parents alleging that private schools have been charging “arbitrary” fees. Following a series of meetings over the issues, the DM had instructed schools to put up their fee structure on the notice board.

“I have so far not received any instruction from the state government regarding school fees. Once I get the instruction, I will forward the notice to all schools for necessary compliance,” BN Singh, the district magistrate, said.

A city-based parents group, All Noida School Parents Association (ANSPA), has been at the forefront of protests over school fee. “We have discussed our concerns with the DM. We have been told that a directive from the state government is yet to reach on the formation of a committee that will oversee any correction in the fee structure,” Yatendra Kasana, president of ANSPA, said.

According to provisions of the ordinance, once it comes to effect, all private schools that charge more than Rs 20,000 annually will have to revise their fee structure for all classes.

“Noida schools need to have a fee cap and there has to be a slab on how much fee each school can charge. The percentage increase in school fee also needs to be regulated. If Delhi schools can have regulated fee-structures, why can’t Noida?” asked Kasana.

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