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Stand-off between private schools and Rajasthan govt. continues over fee hike issue
Unhappy with the process and norms of free regulation in private schools of Rajasthan, private school owners held a demonstration in Jaipur on July 30.

According to the demonstrators, the regulatory committee appointed by the High Court on fee regulation was biased against them. The issue has not been resolved and a stand-off between the school owners and the state government continues.

The owners of private schools in the state have demanded to hike the school fees by 25 per cent annually to meet the ever-increasing educational costs. On the other hand, defending the decision of the fees regulatory committee, state's education minister Kalicharan Saraf said that private schools would not be allowed to charge arbitrary fees from parents.

It may be noted that the maximum fee limit under Right to Education Act is Rs 14,000 per annum but the committee has allowed fees even up to Rs 30,000, where the schools presented proper accounts and duly justified high fees charges. 

But most private schools wish to charge much higher than that and are not willing to submit their accounts to committee to get their fees rationalized and regularized.

Parents are supporting the regulatory committee to keep the private education affordable to larger society and have been complaining against schools' insistence of buying books, stationery and uniforms from the schools at higher than market costs.

Many feel that private schools have turned into profit making business houses selling education as a commodity and raising its prices every now and then. Moreover, private schools have turned into black boxes, isolated from the community and clientè€le they are suppose to serve.

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